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Year in Review 2015: The Sesquicentennial

2015 saw the closing act of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. For four years, Civil War buffs, students, and aficionados tromped battlefields, attended ceremonies, and commemorated sacrifices, and the closing months of the war provided some of the most memorable opportunities … Continue reading

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Symposium Takeaway: Meg Thompson

There are many reasons to travel 3,000 miles, including being part of the Emerging Civil War’s Second Symposium. It is wonderful to put faces to names, and to see friends I have not seen for a year. I presented again … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Aug. 10, 2015

Keeping in the spirit of this past weekend’s Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge: What was your greatest or most poignant memory of the sesquicentennial years of the American Civil War?

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On Writing Grant’s Last Battle

Part one of two In the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to speak to the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table in Fredericksburg, Virginia, about Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs. Grant’s work to write them was literally a race … Continue reading

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Confederate Culture Wars at NASCAR: Meg Thompson

Just about the last hope for the Lost Cause might be NASCAR. As a follower and fan myself, it has been interesting to see how the sport of stock car racing has responded to the Confederate flag kerfluffle. NASCAR is … Continue reading

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O Captain! My Captain!

There are many excellent reasons why Walt Whitman is considered the poet laureate of the American Civil War. His poetic style is much closer to that of the 20th century’s free verse rather than the labored rhyme schemes so popular … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part four)

The doors of Wilmer McLean’s house stand wide open–front and back–and a bevy of Parks Service volunteers stand ready to funnel the throng through. A Park Service ranger stands in the hallway to ensure no one enacts any mischief in the … Continue reading

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Another Anniversary to Commemorate Next Week

As we observe the beginning of the end of the American Civil War this week at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, another anniversary is just around the corner. 240 years and 10 days ago and approximately 630 miles the first shots … Continue reading

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On the Fall of Richmond

April 3, 2015: Driving toward Richmond from the south, the first thing that jumps at me from the skyline is the massive American flag fluttering from the Dominion Power building. It’s 82 degrees and relatively calm, but the flag still … Continue reading

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“One of the most deplorable incidents”

On March 21, 1865, one of the last actions of the battle of Bentonville—which, in turn, was the last major engagement between Confederate forces and Union soldiers under William T. Sherman in the Western theater—cut short another young life.

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