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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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A Stop at VMI

  • October 16, 2018

During this weekend's Army Historical Foundation staff ride on Thomas Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign, we stopped at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. The statue, Virginia Mourns Her Dead, was done by Moses Ezekial, the first Jewish cadet to attend…

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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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Toxic Leader Posted Great Achievement

  • March 5, 2017

Portrait of Charles Wilkes about the time he commanded The South Seas Exploring Expedition. Nathaniel Philbrick's "Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery"  should be on every commander's reading list and also in every business and government schools' syllabus. The…

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A Spy, Pirate and Guerrilla Goes to Charleston

  • February 24, 2017

The cell were Beall was shackled at Fort McHenry, Baltimore Well, not quite, but I will be talk about John Yates Beall's days of raiding on the Chesapeake Bay at the May conference of the North American Society for Oceanic…

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