Category Archives: Holidays

The Genetic Component of Loving History

I am not sure what information you get when you spit into the little plastic container from Ancestry™ other than genetic stuff. Can it also find out where loving history comes from? My test didn’t say anything about that, but … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War in Pop Culture, Holidays, Internet, Websites & Blogs, Memory | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Adventure With Dad

It’s Father’s Day! Fathers are often praised for taking their sons on “manly adventures” – camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing at the gym, or other activities. As I was thinking about those types of adventures my brothers did with … Continue reading

Posted in Emerging Civil War, Holidays, Leadership--Federal, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hiram Lare Among the Unknown

Fredericksburg National Cemetery has the largest number of unidentified soldiers anywhere in the National Cemetery System. Last Saturday evening, at one of the tour stops for the cemetery’s annual Memorial Day luminaria ceremony, I had the privilege of talking about … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Common Soldier, Holidays, National Park Service | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Does That Star-Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

I must admit, they sat breathless as I spun the tale about two young men aboard the ship HMS Minden, traveling from Baltimore under a flag of truce to see if they could free their friend Dr. William Beanes from … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War Events, Civil War in Pop Culture, Civilian, Emerging Civil War, Holidays, Memory, Monuments, Navies, Personalities, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Memorial Day 2017

Remembering the fallen American soldiers from all conflicts and gratefully cherishing our country’s freedoms. Never forget the sacrifices for liberty and loyalty.

Posted in Holidays, Memory | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Question of the Week: 5/29-6/4/17

It’s Memorial Day. Do you have a favorite memorial or graveyard monument, plaque, or marker honoring all Civil War soldiers or a particular individual?

Posted in Holidays, Memory, Question of the Week | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

McClellan’s Memorial Day Visit to Antietam

“Only once a year, the comrades of the Grand Army march in sad procession to place flowers on the graves of those who died, side by side with the living, in defence of their country and their homes.  This is … Continue reading

Posted in Memory, Holidays | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Mother At Petersburg

The Confederate lines around Petersburg, Virginia, broke in the first days of April 1865. As Lee’s army headed west into the Appomattox Campaign, Union troops occupied the small city that had been the heart and namesake of a nine month … Continue reading

Posted in Civilian, Holidays, Leadership--Confederate | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Harper’s Weekly World News

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of all the outrage these days about “fake news.” People who use that term have no idea what they’re talking about. Anyone who ever used to read the old Weekly World … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Cellphones At Gettysburg

Researcher S.K.B. recently discovered an account from the Gettysburg campaign. It’s suspected that this document had been hidden to preserve the dignity of certain commanders and disguise the real reason the Confederates lost the Battle of Gettysburg. Reproduced for the … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments