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Soap vs. Sanitizers

  • March 20, 2020

Special hat tip to Anne Edgecomb   Sanitizers vs. 'Lifted' Soap To make all of you [and me] who took those little bars of soaps from the hotels or motels you were sentenced to on "business travel," now's the time…

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How Civilians Saw Soldiers; How Soldiers Saw Civilians

  • August 20, 2019

Illustration by Strother from Harper's Weekly; image of Strother from West Virginia Culture.   David Hunter Strother was one of the nation's premier writers and illustrators before the Civil War. Although he was born and eventually was buried in the…

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The Houses That John Brown’s Raiders Struck

  • August 15, 2018

The yellowish brick home belonged to Lewis Washington, a great grand-nephew of the first president,  on Oct. 16, 1859.  He had boasted weeks earlier to one of the kidnappers about having one of George Washington's ceremonial swords, and a collection…

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The Day Virginia Hanged John Brown

  • December 2, 2017

The painting is famous, but John Brown never did kiss a black child before he was hanged. Today is the anniversary of John Brown's execution in Charles Town, Virginia [at the time]. For  almost 160 years, this collision of facts,…

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