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24 year old Grad student at ODU; History. JMU undergrad, History BA. Civil War reenactor: 17th VA Co. D, 99th NY. Volunteer Docent at Lee Hall Mansion. Favorite Historical areas are Middle Ages, Civil War, American/European history. Favorite color: blue. Favorite TV shows currently running: Leverage, Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory. Doesn’t play sports, but loves ice hockey and football. Nifty Skills: good with firearms, good at computers, can make bricks, can sail some, is very good at being afraid of heights. Dislikes spiders. A lot.

The Legacy of Memory

Hello once more, readers, and welcome to the Connections blog! Sadly, today marks my last blog posting on the theme of Civil War Memory. I shall still issue the occasional Music Monday post in the future, and perhaps a post or two in December as time permits, but I’m afraid the (somewhat) regular weekly postings […]

Remembering Emancipation

Hello folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! In today’s society, Abraham Lincoln is often remembered as not only one of our most popular presidents, but as the president who freed the slaves. The popular conception is that Abraham Lincoln, using the Emancipation Proclamation, freed the slaves and ended slavery during the Civil War. […]

Black Confederates: What They Signify (Part 2)

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! This is part 2 of a 2-part blog series on “Black Confederates,” or more accurately, on the misconception about them. In my blog post of this past Tuesday, I explored the possibility of black soldiers fighting with the Confederates, and if you haven’t read it, please […]

Black Confederate Soldiers: Fact or Fantasy? (Part 1)

Hey there folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! To begin today’s two-part topic, I shall tell to you an awkward personal story. When I was visiting a large, outdoor living history museum in Virginia last year (a museum that shall remain nameless and had nothing to do with the Civil War), I overheard […]

The Hurricane Expedition

Hello readers, and welcome back to the connections blog. As the east coast recovers from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost their lives as a result of the weather. While the Hampton Roads area was spared the brunt of Sandy’s power, our fellow Americans to […]

The Battle Cry of Freedom!

One of the most famous Civil War songs is The Battle Cry of Freedom, sung by the Union side during the Civil War. Composed in early summer of 1862, this song quickly became the most popular song to sing for the Union soldiers and was used (along with Lincoln and Liberty) as a reelection song […]

The Hispanic Experience

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! As you kind readers have no doubt surmised by following this blog, the Civil War was fought by social and ethnic groups of all kinds. One of the largest ethnic groups that are often overlooked in the conflict is the Hispanic population. Heavily concentrated in […]

Goober Peas!

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today for Music Monday, I have a song from the Confederate units in the Civil War. As some of you may recall from an earlier blog post, food was pretty bland and often inadequate during the Civil War. Confederate soldiers especially suffered poor rations, and […]

Native Americans and the Civil War

Hello again, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! In keeping with my recent theme of exploring how the Civil War affected groups of people that often don’t get much of a voice in the historical narrative, today I will be exploring the topic of Native Americans in the Civil War. Indeed, Native Americans […]

Music Monday – Lincoln and Liberty!

Well hey there, readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! If memory serves, this blog used to feature a “Music Monday” segment about Civil War-related music. Well, I couldn’t help but notice how sparse the blog’s been lookin’ lately, and I’ve decided to bring Music Monday on back! I’m afraid I can’t promise […]