Col. Robert Gould Shaw attended his final Fourth of July celebration exactly two weeks before leading the men of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in its charge at Battery Wagner. This letter to his mother speaks to the radical change that had taken place throughout the…
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On this day in 1863 United States soldiers successfully defended Cemetery Ridge against a final assault by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at…
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Let’s forget about how the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg may have been different had Confederate general Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson been…
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Yesterday I asked you to imagine Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia marching north into Pennsylvania on this 159th anniversary of the battle of…
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Close your eyes and try to picture Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia marching north through Virginia and Maryland 159 years ago today. Their…
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I have a special interest in the controversy surrounding the Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia. As many of you know, I lived and taught…
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Note: My Odds & Ends feature will now be published as Grape & Canister. Otis Pics A number of you who followed me on twitter have asked if I would…
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On Wednesday I deactivated my twitter account. I started using twitter roughly 12 years ago, but it wasn’t until around 2016 that it became my primary…
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