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ECW Weekender: The USS Monitor Center

Have you ever been aboard a Civil War ironclad, or two? You can come close in The USS Monitor Center nestled in a beautiful setting at The Mariners’ Museum & Park, Newport News, Virginia. The Monitor Center is the official … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: No Monuments on the Ocean

There are no monuments on the ocean, no crossroads in the great waters, no places echoing in heart and mind—Gettysburg, Shiloh, Chickamauga. But our Civil War ancestors were out there too and some of them still are. Names that resonate … Continue reading

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The Nashville Dash

“Great excitement has been created here by the arrival in our waters this morning of a steamer of war bearing the flag of the Confederate States of America,” reported the London Times on November 22, 1861.[1] This first such visitor … Continue reading

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Christmas at the Confederate White House

The following excerpt from Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour by William C. Davis: “Christmas 1864 came clear and pleasant, with a beautiful white frost over the sidewalks and shrubbery of Richmond. Boys stole their fathers’ rifles and shotguns … Continue reading

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The Old Stone Fleet: A Failure and Complete

I have a feeling for those ships, Each worn and ancient one, With great bluff bows, and broad in the beam; Ay, it was unkindly done. But so they serve the Obsolete— Even so, Stone Fleet! Herman Melville, “The Stone … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue, Part III: Self-Government and Political Correctness

If we define political correctness as demanding conformance with favored positions, not tolerating contrary opinions, and branding opponents or perceived opponents as radicals (“they are just evil/crazy/stupid”), all without offering rational counter arguments, then these are not new phenomena. Abraham … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue, Part II: Supreme Court and Choice

Politics and the Supreme Court are much in the news today, as they were in 1858 when Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois. Issues have changed but more recent court decisions demonstrate that underlying … Continue reading

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1860 Politics – Lincoln-Douglas Debates Continue: Moral Consensus and Thin Democracy

The Lincoln-Douglas debates for the U.S. Senate seat from Illinois were in many ways unlike presidential debates we see on television today, but fundamental themes underlying them demonstrate historical continuity. One of those themes is consensus concerning foundational moral principles, … Continue reading

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Welles and Fox: Dynamic Duo of the Deep (and Shallow)

Lee and Jackson, Grant and Sherman—celebrated partnerships of the Civil War. But there was another highly successful team, which receives less credit than is due: Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles and Assistant Secretary Gustavus Vasa Fox. Almost nothing in … Continue reading

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Savez Read Invades the North

Who? Lieutenant Charles William Read, CSN, seemed an unlikely hero. Of unprepossessing appearance, the Mississippian was short and slight with sharp, angular features adorned by a slender mustache and goatee. He usually confronted the world in a soft-spoken, taciturn manner—until … Continue reading

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