Tag Archives: 19th Century History

Follow the Money, Part II

In my previous post, I commented on a post by Andrew Schmookler regarding his view that Republicans bear the primary responsibility for the partisan gridlock that grips our national discourse and paralyzes the working of the people’s business, i.e. government. I … Continue reading

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Not All Civil War Battles Were Fought with Bullets – Some Were Fought with Snowballs!

The book Rebel Yell by S.C. Gwynne has a terrific description of how the Confederate Army – made up of men from the South, many of whom had never seen snow before – kept themselves occupied during the dreary winter months. … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Creek

There is a scene in my book “The Ones They Left Behind” in which JED and HARRIMAN recount an incident on Sherman’s March in which Union troops build a pontoon and rope bridge to cross a river in flood. Following the … Continue reading

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A Proclamation of Thanksgiving

This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day … Continue reading

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Who Really Burned Atlanta?

Who Really Burned Atlanta? Sometimes you just have to accept that there can never be a clear-cut answer to historical mysteries. Who burned Atlanta is one of those mysteries.  Perhaps by asking a few questions in the time-honored method of … Continue reading

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Why the 1864 Presidential Election May Be the Most Important One in Our History

It is dicey to make “the most” statements. History is constantly being written. Usually it is not recognized as history in the moment, but only when later generations have the benefit of understanding the larger context in which it unfolded. … Continue reading

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