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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Colonel Elmer Ellsworth and the Marshall House Hotel Plaque

This relatively small, gold & brown marker is attached to the side of the newly purchased Hotel Monaco*, the latest incarnation of the Marshall House, in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It commemorates the death of James W. Jackson, reading: The … Continue reading

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Dranesville, a Troubled Town: Part 2

Part One Can Be Found Here. The white men of Virginia went to the polls on a warm May 23, 1861 to vote on the secession referendum passed a month earlier by a delegates’ convention. By the time the ballots … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Ellsworth on the Stump

As the tumult and the shouting of the Republicans in the Wigwam dimmed, the election of 1860 began in earnest for Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln himself was stuck in Springfield, Illinois because it was not common for the actual candidate to … Continue reading

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What Historians Really Do–Part 1

Elmer Ellsworth. This is the man who has been the focus of my intellectual life for over ten years, although there were times earlier that he was certainly in my sights. Who knows exactly why one person, one battle, one … Continue reading

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The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Fireworks & Grand Illuminations

Reprinted from July 2, 2012: The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to … Continue reading

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Elmer Ellsworth was NOT a Derp!!! (Well, maybe a little bit of a Derp . . . but he’s my Derp!)

As I grind through sourcing First Fallen this summer, which is insanely frustrating at times, I had to decide just what I could go dig into myself and what I might–yes–here it comes . . . need to hire a … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 4 of a series

Strew roses o’er his corpse, Chant, O ye Land, the soldier’s burial hymn O’er Ellsworth’s bier; and as ye sadly turn, With falt’ring voice, and eyes with teardrops dim, Swear ye that Retribution’s torch may burn In every breast! Elmer … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 3 of a series

 To Ellsworth  So young, so brave, so early called    We mourn above his laurelled bier; His name on every heart enrolled,    To friends, and home, and country dear. The last two things Colonel Ellsworth added were the badge … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 2 of a series

Weep, weep Columbia! Death, with traitorous hand, Has slain a Hero, quenched a manly flame; Cast heartfelt sorrow o’er a throbbing land, And carved, for future years to read, a name On the grand alter of our Country’s fame. The … Continue reading

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James Jackson: The Original Virginia Flagger Part 1 in a series

Shout, shout his deed of glory. Tell it in song and story; Tell it where soldiers brave Rush fearless to their grave: Tell it–a magic spell In that great deed shall dwell.   Many think that raising the Confederate flag … Continue reading

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