Tag Archives: Lee-Jackson Day

“The Valhalla of the South”

I found this text from an undated tourism brochure in my archives, which I thought was appropriate to share for Virginia’s Lee-Jackson Day, commemorated each year on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Historic Lexington “The Valhalla of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/16-1/22/17

With some states celebrating Lee/Jackson Day this month, we thought it would be a good time to ask the question… Who’s leadership style do you think was best? Lee or Jackson?

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Lee-Jackson Day 2017

As is my custom when visiting Lexington, Virginia, I swung by Stonewall Jackson Cemetery on Saturday to pay my respects to the general. I was in town at the invitation of the Sons of Confederate Veterans to speak at their … Continue reading

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Confederate Heritage: “Heaven Knows, a Hard Topic to Discuss.”

Later today, I’ll visit with my friends at the North Carolina Civil War Roundtable. Rather than a traditional program on some aspect of the war, they’ve asked me to follow up on some comments I made after Lee-Jackson Day in Lexington, … Continue reading

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A Lee-Jackson Postscript

I received a note this week from a reader, Frank “Skip” Shaffer, who felt moved to write after reading my account from Lexington’s Lee-Jackson Day commemorations. He shared an interesting story of his own that offered some additional context for our … Continue reading

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Time to Lay the Lost Cause to Rest, But Let’s Not Overreact

Every year about this time I expect to hear about the Lee-Jackson Day events in Virginia and normally I roll my eyes, take a deep breath, and forget about it—hoping that the Lost Cause will soon draw its last breath. … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Lee-Jackson Day

The weather could not have been more beautiful in Lexington, Virginia, on Saturday morning as hundreds of Confederate devotees gathered for the annual Lee-Jackson Day commemoration. The day itself—still observed as a legal holiday in parts of Virginia—falls on January … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/18-1/24/16

January 20 has traditionally been “Lee-Jackson Day” in Virginia and throughout other parts of the South. The dates falls between the birthdays of Robert E. Lee (January 19) and Stonewall Jackson (January 21). In light of events from the past … Continue reading

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Scenes from Lee-Jackson Day 2016

Lee-Jackson Day ceremonies, Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lexington, Virginia—January 16, 2016

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Question of the Week: January 19, 2015

This week’s question actually comes from ECW’s business officer, Jennifer Mackowski. Pondering some of the discussions and controversies that have swirled around Virginia this past weekend in relation to Lee-Jackson Day and Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, she asks: What … Continue reading

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