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Happy Stonewall’s Birthday

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My Call to Arms: A Look Back at My Overland Campaign

What no one ever tells you about being an author is that it mostly involves schlepping a lot of books from place to place. Sure, there’s some writing involved (and, oh, if only I had time to do more!), but … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for May 19, 2014

This past week marked the 150th Anniversary of the battle of New Market (May 15, 1864). Federal Major General Franz Sigel was ordered by Grant to move up the Valley Turnpike to Lynchburg, where Sigel was to destroy the canal … Continue reading

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“Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.”

They were merely boys, some just old enough to shave for the first time. The youngest was 15, the oldest 24. General John Cabell Breckenridge was adamant: the “boys” from the Virginia Military Institute would only be used as reinforcements … Continue reading

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Laid to Rest in Lexington

On May 15, 1863—150 years ago today—Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was laid to rest in his beloved Shenandoah Valley. He had died five days previously and, since his death, his remains had traveled from Guinea Station down to Richmond … Continue reading

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“VMI Will Be Heard From Today”

“You may go forward, then.” With those five words, Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson ordered Brigadier General Robert Rodes’ division forward. As Jackson had said earlier on the May 2, 1863, the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) would be heard from that … Continue reading

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Shaping Chancellorsville: The first reenactment and ‘The Last Meeting’

part five in a series In 1933, administration of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park was turned over to the National Park Service, and shortly thereafter, the NPS invited the Civilian Conservation Corps to come in to the park … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from Lexington

      I unexpectedly found myself in Lexington, Virginia on Saturday evening (long story!). I thought I’d share a couple snapshots to help folks get into the holiday spirit.

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Statues of Stonewall: The Virginia Military Institute

Second in a series From his perch high atop a granite pedestal at the head of the Virginia Military Institute’s parade grounds in Lexington, Virginia, Stonewall Jackson watches the sunset every day.

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Stonewall Jackson House Under New Management

A surprising bit of news out of Lexington, Virginia this week: The Virginia Military Institute has finished the process of acquiring the Stonewall Jackson House. The Jackson House, and the adjoining Davidson-Tucker House, which has been used as administrative offices, … Continue reading

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