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Question of the Week: 6/26-7/2/17

A couple weeks ago we asked if you had just one favorite historical person from the Civil War era. As our blog series continued and we read the comments, we realized that was sort of an unfair question! 67 more words


My Favorite Historical Person: Changing Favorites?

As we were working on this series and chatting about favorite historical figures, it prompted memories of how my “favorite historical person” has changed through the recent years. 699 more words


My Favorite Historical Person: Captain Sewell Gray

“Sabbath and a lovelier day never overtook a soldier,” wrote Capt. Sewell Gray on the day he died. It was Sunday, May 3, 1863, and Gray, a 22-year-old captain with the 6th Maine Infantry, was among 4,700 soldiers ordered to storm Marye’s Heights during the battle of Second Fredericksburg—a position previously thought impregnable. 894 more words

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Warrington G. Roberts: “Dedicated to the Proposition that All Men Are Created Equal”

Interred in grave 3287 at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery lays Warrington G. Roberts. This past Memorial Day I had the privilege of telling Roberts’s story during the annual Luminary program atop Marye’s Heights. 1,127 more words


Executions in the Confederate Army

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht

As the war dragged on into its third and fourth years, soldiers on both sides of the conflict began to flee the army in record numbers. 882 more words

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My Favorite Historical Person: Private Dorence Atwater

Three flights of stairs! Wooden, rickety stairs! And who knew how successful he would be at the end of them, anyway? Recently released from Andersonville prison, returning home weighing in the neighborhood of ninety pounds, young Dorence Atwater climbed up those stairs, hopeful that Miss Barton would hear his story and help him out somehow. 1,841 more words

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My Favorite Historical Person: Lieutenant Lemuel Crocker

“War is cruelty and you cannot refine it,” William Tecumseh Sherman so bluntly stated.[i]  He is right, but I have always found it incredible how the harshest of circumstances—like war—can bring out the best of human nature.  910 more words