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Drawn Conflict

Hello folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I have a soft spot (nay, a weakness) in my heart for cookies. When I’m feeling sad and lonely, there’s a service they can render… I’ve told the ones who love me, only they can be so warm and tender… […]

Tragedy on the River Potomac

Hello folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I’ve recently become aware of an impressively blunt book by Captain John W. Trimmer called “How to Avoid Huge Ships.” And no, I’m not kidding. I don’t even need to say anything about it – instead, I urge you to […]

10 Years Ago Today…

240 feet below the swells of the Atlantic Ocean, 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras in an area known as the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic,’ the wreck of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor waited.  Buffeted by the clashing of the Gulf Stream and Labrador Current, she who had fought an epic battle […]

The unkindest cut…

On 14 July 1862, the US Congress issued the following: “From and after the first day of September 1862, the spirit ration in the navy of the United States shall for ever cease; and thereafter no distilled spirituous liquors shall be admitted on board of vessels of war, except as medical stores, and upon the […]

Always Faithful

Hey there folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I think that the entire concept behind “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is so ridiculous that the REAL Abe Lincoln must have spun in his grave when it premiered. That doesn’t mean I won’t go see it with the right friend/friends, […]

Appomattox River Raid Pt. 2

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: in high school, my friends and I once made the mistake of going to an Awful House. Oh I’m sorry – did I say “awful?” Well, that’s exactly what I meant, but it’s technically called “Waffle” House. Everyone who has […]

Appomattox River Raid Pt. 1

Hello again readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: the hottest I’ve ever been is at the 150th Battle of 1st Manassas. Not only was the heat around 104, but the humidity was extremely high – this meant the heat index was up around 120. It was a VERY […]

Early Submarines Part 2

Well hey there, readers – good to see you again! After all, it’s been SO LONG since I’ve posted on the good ol’ blog… (yes that was sarcasm). Today’s (second) tidbit about me is: in terms of climate and setting preferences, although I like the warm summer of the beach, I prefer the cool autumn […]

150 Years of “Stupidity”?

A few weeks prior I made post about Abraham Lincoln suspending habeas corpus and the role of civil liberties during war time.  I am happy to report that the writers of Scientific American were apparently not too worried about the rights of the press being infringed upon during the Civil War.  In an article published […]

Of Confederates, Contracts and Congress…

The bodies of several of the Confederate dead began arriving in Richmond, VA 150 years ago today. Among them were Acting Brigadier General Francis Bartow and General Bernard Bee (the man who gave ‘Stonewall’ Jackson his nickname). The Richmond Dispatch reported that Bartow, though suffering from a shattered foot during the battle, was “waving his […]