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“Overflowing with patriotic love for the Old Dominion and old rye whiskey…”: Western Virginia Militia Witness the Execution of John Brown

Situated more than 200 miles and some fourteen hours by rail from Harpers Ferry, Wheeling, Virginia would seem far removed from the cataclysmic events of October 1859. Yet John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry shook Wheeling – one of the … Continue reading

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Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

This is part two in the series by guest historian Drew Gruber. For part one, click here. On the morning of October 3, 1781, British Colonels Tarleton and Thomas Dundas led another expedition north towards Gloucester Courthouse and away from … Continue reading

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Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

  Emerging Revolutionary War and Revolutionary War Wednesday is pleased to welcome back guest historian Drew Gruber. Part 1 When we think about American militia during the Revolutionary War, the image of an untrained rifle-toting citizen turned soldier comes to … Continue reading

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Battle of Blandford

On April 25,  approximately 2,500 smartly dressed but campaign worn uniformed invaders  attacked Virginians defending their homes and hearths around Petersburg, Virginia. One would suspect that the next few sentences would talk about the latest Union excursion against their Southern counterparts … Continue reading

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