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Monthly Archives: November 2012

another poetic interlude

We found this little editorial gem in the March 22, 1862 edition of Vanity Fair (page 148, to be precise).   Steel Fixings For Ever! The charm is broke of “Heart of Oak”                 Our ancient naval friend. And Iron we sing, of metals king,                 That shot nor shell can rend. Ensheathed in steel, from […]

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 […]

A Poetic Interlude

Forgive my radio silence, gentle blog-readers, but it has been a busy fall! However, today, as I was preparing for teaching a class for the College of William & Mary’s Christopher Wren Association tomorrow, I stumbled upon this little piece of Victorian poesy and simply had to share.  Get your hankies ready!   From Harper’s Weekly, July […]

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 […]