Today marks the 153rd Anniversary of the beginning of Stoneman’s Raid. After weeks of delay due to poor weather, Stoneman’s troopers began crossing the Rappahannock at Kelly’s Ford. 436 more words
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I was recently assessing the demographic makeup of Union and Confederate armies in my Civil War and Reconstruction class when one of my students asked a thought-provoking question: “What percentage of the Union Army was northern, white, English-speaking, and native-born?” 725 more words
My Spring Break starts today. It isn’t politically correct to say “Easter” any more, so “Spring” will have to suffice.
I thought a short column on Easter and the Civil War might be interesting, but it turns out Easter was not celebrated as a holiday much until after 1865. 176 more words
By Julie Mujic
Residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, celebrated Lee’s surrender on the evening of April 9, 1865, along with the rest of the North. The long war was ending and their loved ones might finally return home. 1,007 more words
The journey of Irish songs now woven into the collections of traditional American music represents the journeys of the Irish people and how music and a war intertwined to bring the Irish immigrants into a more positive light in 19th Century America. 1,761 more words