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On The Eve of War: Florida

Euphoria gripped the capital of Tallahassee, Florida on the afternoon of January 10, 1861. Inside the state capital, sixty-nine delegates, in convention for a week, had voted sixty-two to seven in favor of removing their state from the United States … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Adapted from That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White The Wilderness was once one of the must rugged parts of Virginia and would be the backdrop for two large … Continue reading

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On the Eve of War: The Missouri Bootheel

Located in the extreme southeastern corner of Missouri is the “Bootheel,” a region named for its unique shape as it protrudes into Arkansas from the famous 36,30’ latitude line. The counties of Dunklin, Pemiscot, New Madrid and portions of Mississippi, … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: An Englishman in Washington

William Howard Russell, an influential reporter for The Times of London, toured America north and south in 1861-62 leaving a picturesque portrait of places, people, and issues. He is considered one of the first modern war correspondents for dramatic coverage … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Appomattox, Virginia

For an ending to happen, there has to be a beginning. But sometimes the opening moments get over shadowed by the concluding act. That’s certainly what happens with the history surrounding Appomattox Court House, Virginia. It’s famous as the setting … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: The Commonwealth of Kentucky

(Adapted from a speech given in 2011) Kentucky in 1860 and 1861 was a very different place on the national scene than what it is today, although arguably Kentucky is inching back to its former place. Kentucky in 1860 was … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: New Market, Virginia

The following excerpts are from Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market (Emerging Civil War Series and take a look at a small crossroads village in the Shenandoah Valley before some of the local men volunteered to fight, … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: The U.S. Capitol Building

As angry or saddened voices discussed secession in the Federal capitol, unfinished projects towered outside. The unfinished capitol dome rose into the sky, a reminder of the renovation and expansion project of the legislative building that had started years earlier; … Continue reading

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On The Eve of War: Williamsburg, Virginia

In 1860 the former capital of Virginia still had many tangible remnants of its colonial past, and would become quickly swept up in the coming war. Williamsburg had 1,895 residents in 1860, with 864 black and 1,031 white. Of the … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Atlanta, Georgia

“A slight perceptible odor of Yankeedom.” This is how someone characterized Atlanta at the time of the war. The disparagement reflected the bustling business air about the city: clanking railroad cars, up-and-coming factories, thriving commercial center with plenty of merchants, … Continue reading

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