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The Western Conspiracies: The Long Road to Secession, Part III

  How far back does the history of Secessionism go?  To the 1850’s?  The 1830’s?  1820’s?  As we saw in part II, there was a secessionist movement during the War of 1812, one which had nothing to do with slavery.  … Continue reading

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THE FALL OF FORT DONELSON: The Battle That Sealed the Confederacy’s Fate

February 16, 1862 was perhaps the most important date in the Civil War, the day the Confederate Army besieged at Fort Donelson fell to the Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant. Why was it the most important date, … Continue reading

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Why We Are Is: McPherson vs Bierce

The Pulitzer Prize winning historian James McPherson, in summing up his 900 page history of the Late Unpleasantness, famously observed that after the Civil War our country, The United States of America, which used to referred to in the plural … Continue reading

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The Booth Conspiracy: How Wide Was It?

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth; that much is not in dispute.  Twelve days later, Booth was tracked down and fatally wounded in a burning barn on the Garrett farm in northern … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: George Washington’s Prophetic Vision

At first blush, anything to do with George Washington may seem to have little connection with the Civil War. Yet there is more than one incident in which Washington, or some spectral entity resembling him, influenced the outcome of events … Continue reading

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A Union Christmas: Washington, 1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 10

Christmas 1864, Washington D.C.   If things were looking dim for Varina Howell and her husband “Jeffie” in Richmond, it was quite the opposite across the Potomac in Washington that same December. That Fall, General Sherman had begun his famous (or infamous) march … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Legislators Past: the Tennessee State Capitol’s Civil War Ghost

Let me relate a tale, for those with a nose for a good ghost story and told by one who knows it to be true, about the Ghost of the Cupola. I was recently informed that some summer tour guides … Continue reading

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Mary and the Mediums: Fact or Fallacy?

Ever since Lincoln’s death, there have been those who have tried to re-cast Abraham Lincoln in their image, especially when it cam to his spiritual beliefs. No soon was the President’s body cold than fundamentalist Protestant bible-thumpers were busy at … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Civil War Ghost Central

“In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.” –Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, 20th Maine For Civil War buffs in general, and those … Continue reading

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The Day Lincoln Died: The Final Premonition

As every school child knows (or should know) Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, was assassinated on April 14, 1865, and died in the early morning hours of the following day, April 15.  Less well known is that, that very morning, Lincoln … Continue reading

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