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Monthly Archives: September 2012

How Emancipation Changed the War

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! Today, I want to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and how it forever altered our memory of what the Civil War was fought over. Before the Emancipation Proclamation was made public on September 22nd, the purpose of the Union’s side was to quash the rebellion and […]

Reenactors Memory (continued)

Hello again folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! To rehash the closing sentiment of my previous blog post, Civil War reenactments provide a unique opportunity to step inside the shoes of our ancestors. Many reenactors take the events close to heart, and for them it’s about honoring our forefathers and the history they […]

Reenactors’ Memory

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! I have a special treat in store for you… a two part posting on Civil War reenacting and how it deals with Civil War memory! This past Monday, the nation remembered the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg in the south.) […]

Roll, Alabama, Roll!: CSS Alabama Flag is one of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts for 2012

She was born an ocean away – purpose-built in Liverpool, England to wreak havoc on the commerce of the Union.  Two years later she met her end in the waters off Cherbourg, France – a victim of the USS Kearsarge.  She was the CSS Alabama – arguably one of the most notorious ships of the […]

Monitor Log: 11 September 1862

Our journey through the Monitor‘s logbook ends today. Thomas Stevens turned over command to John P. Bankhead and a new logbook was started on September 12, 1862. That log presumably still lies at the bottom of the sea, along with the Monitor. Remarks Sept 11th /1862   Commences & till 4 With fresh breezes from the N.E […]

Monitor Log: 10 September 1862

Remarks Sept 10th /62   Commences & till 4 Wind N.E & rain squalls                                                                     Louis Stodder     From 4 to 8 Strong breeze from the N.E & squally weather with showers of rain  at 6 the St[eame]r Morse went up the river                                                                                                    [Not Signed]                                                               From 8 to Meridian Wind N & E[astwar]d  […]

Monitor Log: 9 September 1862

Remarks Sept 9th /62   Commences & till 4 Clear & pleasant weather.  Wind light from the E[astwar]d                                            Geo. Frederickson             From 4 to 8 At 6 the Mahaska went up the river  Wind  N &.E[eastwar]d weather clear                                                                                                                                                                                                                  S.D. Greene     From 8 to Meridian Moderate breeze from the N.E. […]

Monitor Log: 8 September 1862

Remarks Sep 8/62   Commences & till 4 Calm.  Weather clear                                                               S.D. Greene     From 4 to 8 light wind from the S.E & pleasant weather  At 5.30 the Genesee went up the river. At 7.45 the coal sch[ooner] Trade Winds came along side.                                    William Flye     From 8 to Meridian Wind S.E. […]

Monitor Log: 7 September 1862

Remarks Sep 7th /62   Commences & till 4 Moderate breeze from the south & pleasant weather           WF.  William Flye     From 4 to 8 Wind & weather same.  St[eame]r Mahaska went down the river                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Louis Stodder     From 8 to Meridian Wind E.N.E & clear pleasant weather.   at 9.20 […]

McClellan and His Men

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! During these past two weeks 150 years ago, Confederate General Lee and his army had slipped into Union General Pope’s rear and forced him into a fight at the Battle of 2nd Manassas, on almost the exact same battlefield as the Battle of 1st Manassas. […]