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Waving the White Flag

On this day, April 9th, 148 years ago Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia laid down their weapons and surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the small town of Appomattox, Virginia. Almost exactly four years before, on April 12, 1861, the Confederates had begun shooting on Fort Sumter, […]

Front Row Seats to the Eastern Theater

Some of my favorite stories of the Civil War are the ones about events of pure coincidence. One of these stories is the tale of Wilmer McLean, and his poor choice of housing for himself and his family. In 1853, McLean and his wife Virginia Beverly Hooe Mason moved into a rural area west of […]