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Henry Ruffner’s Ghost Story (“The Screech”)

A Screech Amongs the earliest settlers in the Kanawha valley was george Alderson, who had been a man of the woods from his youth. Though not much of a scholar, yet he could read, write, and cast up accounts, which, altogether was more than the majority of his sylvan contemporaries could do. He was a […]

Virginia governor accepts transfer of battlefield parcels

The Civil War Trust on Friday transferred ownership of 127 acres of Civil War property to the state of Virginia in a noon time ceremony held at Rice, Va. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe accepted the gift of 12 acres at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park at that location as well as 115 acres at High Bridge Trail State Park. Read full article >>

Ruffner’s thoughts on writing for recreation

In an article in the July, 1856 edition of the Southern Literary Messenger, Dr. Henry Ruffner wrote: A few months before Alderson’s death, my father and uncle had purchased the land on which he lived near the old salt lick above Charleston, with the view of experimenting for salt water upon it. A few months […]

The Evidence for Paine as a Staymaker

As I discussed yesterday, a claim appeared on Wikipedia last month that Thomas Paine started out making stays for sailing ships, not stays for women to wear, and that Paine’s political enemies misrepresented him as a maker of underwear.This fraud apparently fooled every historian and biographer who has written about Paine. Show More Summary

Three Papers Uploaded to Academia.edu

In my ongoing effort to make as much of my published work available I’ve uploaded three additional papers to my Academia.edu page. “Is Not the Glory Enough to Give Us All a Share?”: An Analysis of Competing Memories of the Battle of the Crater in Aaron Sheehan Dean ed., The View From the Ground: Experiences […]

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Visualizing the Union in 1861

Slate’s history blog, the Vault, has come through again with another incredible primary source from our Civil War. You may remember a couple of weeks ago I shared a Civil War board game. For those Americans who had trouble comprehending the relationship between the federal government and the states, along with the overarching importance of […]

When Dr. Henry Ruffner gave his “bah, humbug” to German superstitions

Since it’s Halloween Eve, I figured I would fall back on an article that I read in the past year, which was written by a Shenandoah Valley author. I’ve mentioned Henry Ruffner in this blog before, mostly because of the famous “Ruffner Pamphlet” and how it pertained to slavery in antebellum Virginia. Yet, as with all […]

This Season’s New Paine Claim

Last month, on 24 September, someone signed in to Wikipedia as “Jkfkauia” in order to revise the Thomas Paine entry. He or she explained the editing this way:(I am correcting a widely repeated piece of insulting misinformation about Thomas Paine. Show More Summary

It’s About the History

Jimmy Price takes issue with my last post, which features a video of three Liberty University history professors discussing the causes and legacies of the Civil War. My brief comments focus on the content of the video and do not in any way attempt to explain their views by criticizing their religious and/or political views. […]

A New Memorial Proposed for D.C.

In 1980, Lena Santos Ferguson applied for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. She traced her ancestry to Jonah Gay, who in 1775 was on the committee of correspondence for Meduncook, Maine, later called Friendship....Show More Summary

President to award medal to Civil War soldier on Nov. 6

A date for the long awaited ceremony to present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing was announced by the Department of Defense on Monday. On Nov. 6, President Obama will present the medal to two of Cushing’s cousins, Frederic Cushing Stevens III and Frederick Stevens Sater, at the White House. Read full article >>

150th anniversary of Cedar Creek battle this weekend

Organizers of the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown, Va. are promising the biggest and best four-day event — Oct. 17 to 20 — in honor of the 150 th anniversary of one of the oddest battles of the war. There were two battles on the same property on Oct. Show More Summary

Letters from Gen. Phillips to Gen. Heath Up for Bid

After my mention of the Convention Army yesterday, Boston 1775 reader Christopher Hurley alerted me to the auction on 1 November in Marlborough of six letters related to those prisoners of war.The Skinner auction house describes theShow More Summary

What Passes For Civil War History at Liberty University

Three history professors from Liberty University in Virginia share their thoughts about the causes and legacies of our civil war. According to the department chair the Civil War is best understood as a “civilizational conflict” or “culture war.” Professor Jones acknowledges the centrality of slavery as a cause of the war and highlights its destruction,  […]

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“Red Horse Tavern” Reenactment in Sudbury, 1 Nov.

On Saturday, 1 November, Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury will host the annual “Battle of the Red Horse Tavern” reenactment. This event isn’t designed to recreate any specific fight in the Revolutionary War. Rather, it offers a chance...Show More Summary

Reconstruction As a Search For Security

Had a chance earlier today to read the introduction to Mark Summers’s new book on Reconstruction, which is part of UNC Press’s Littlefield Series. The following passage caught my attention: In the end, the search for security helped justice go far beyond what most observers in 1865 expected. Freedom was just the first installment in […]

“The 18th-Century Woman” in Arlington, 28 Oct.

The Arlington Historical Society will host a lecture on Tuesday, 28 October, on “The 18th-Century Woman” by Gail White Usher. This is part of a yearlong series with the theme of “Women’s Work.”The event description is basic:Gain greater...Show More Summary

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