Category Archives: Memory

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

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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.

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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?

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On the Little Bighorn

This morning, bright and early, I arrived at the Little Bighorn. As I walk up from the Visitor Center to Last Stand Hill, one of the first things that grabbed my attention were the white marble markers scattered across the … Continue reading

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Bivouacs of the Dead

When touring battlefields on my own or leading a group, I always try and stop by the cemeteries that are there – both to meet the men but also to reflect on the events. I try to do this whether … Continue reading

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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

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The Night That Decided the Confederate President

In February 1861, delegates from the six seceded states—South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana met in Montgomery, Alabama to craft a new nation. In order to do so, a leader, a provisional president, would be elected as the … Continue reading

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Fathers and Daughters: Writing About Stonewall Jackson as a Dad

For the forthcoming August 2017 issue of Civil War Times, I had the privilege to write an article about Stonewall Jackson as a father, “Stonewall’s Greatest Joy.” It’s a story that has deep personal interest to me. Here’s why . . … Continue reading

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Preservation Success at Champion Hill Battlefield

Earlier this month, the Civil War Trust, along with the National Park Foundation and HTR Foundation joined together to announce the protection of a portion of the Champion Hill battlefield, the largest battle of the Vicksburg Campaign. The announcement comes … Continue reading

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Alexander Gardner and the Good Death

Of the thousands of Civil War photographs, only several truly iconic images exist that specialists and non-specialists alike immediately recognize. One such image is the subject of today’s post: Timothy O’Sullivan’s “The Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg.” The scene … Continue reading

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