Category Archives: Personalities

Prince Greer: Slave, Freedman, and Entrepreneur

One of the issues facing newly freed men and women was how to make a living in a world that had never paid them a living wage for their contributions. Even the USCT initially were paid less than white soldiers, … Continue reading

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An Unusual Valentine: Elmer E. Ellsworth, Esquire

Every biography or biographical article about not-yet-colonel Elmer Ellsworth says the same thing: It is not known if Ellsworth passed, or even took, the Illinois State Bar Examination. I know this is not a bombshell issue for most people, but … Continue reading

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Not the Same African Americans We Always See

I was watching a television show a couple of weeks ago, and the subject of Black History Month was mentioned. One of the characters complained that America always trots out the same four African Americans every year to stand in … Continue reading

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A VMI Cadet Goes Ice-Skating

On the evening of March 22, 1864, eighteen-year-old Beverly “Jack” Stanard huddled in his cold barracks room at Virginia Military Institute, writing to his mother. That particular evening he found plenty to complain about: …Well, Mother I guess you will … Continue reading

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January 10, 1861 in Florida

On this date in Tallahassee, Florida, the delegates to the state’s secession convention voted 62-7, in favor of secession. With that vote, after seven days of deliberation, Florida became the third state to formally declare itself out of the United … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part four)

(part four of five) Earlier this week, Dave Ruth retired as superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield—a national park that preserves stories from Civil War campaigns in both the 1862 and 1864. But as Dave explains today, the park’s layers of … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part three)

(part three of five) I’ve been talking with Dave Ruth, who retired this week as superintendent of Richmond National Battlefield after serving there for 26 years. During yesterday’s segment of my conversation with Dave, we talked about the important preservation … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part two)

(part two of five) After a 44-year career with the National Park Service, Dave Ruth, superintendent at Richmond National Battlefield, retired at the beginning of this week. Dave spent the last twenty-six years of his career at Richmond, and during … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Dave Ruth, Richmond’s Retiring Superintendent (part one)

(part one of five) I recently heard Dave Ruth described as “the last of the great, old-guard superintendents.” For more than thirty years, Dave has made Richmond National Battlefield his life’s work, overseeing the park’s growth from 754 acres to … Continue reading

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Year in Review 2017: #5

Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson continues to fascinate historians and aficionados. One of the more interesting aspects of Jackson’s life are the horses he owned, especially Little Sorrel. 

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