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  • Starvation Cannibalism at Jamestown

    01/19/2014 4:03:14 AM PST · by Renfield · 35 replies
    Bones Don't Lie ^ | 5-2-2013 | Katy Myers
    If you’ve read any news in the past day, you’ve seen reports regarding cannibalism in colonial Jamestown. It was known prior that the colonists had undergone a number of starvation years where they were forced to eat foods that they wouldn’t normally. The trash pits from the sites hold the remains of animals who aren’t normally butchered, including horses, cats, dogs, rats and snakes. Burials from this period are not given the complete funerary treatment likely due to the high number of deaths, and the skeletons show evidence of nutritional hardship and early death. The colony was founded in 1607...
  • The New Intolerance

    04/19/2010 12:44:06 AM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 83 replies · 1,406+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/9/10 | Pat Buchanon
    The New Intolerance by Patrick J. Buchanan 04/09/2010 "This was a recognition of American terrorists." That is CNN's Roland Martin's summary judgment of the 258,000 men and boys who fell fighting for the Confederacy in a war that cost as many American lives as World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq combined. Martin reflects the hysteria that seized Obamaville on hearing that Gov. Bob McDonnell had declared Confederate History Month in the Old Dominion. Virginia leads the nation in Civil War battlefields. So loud was the howling that in 24 hours McDonnell had backpedaled and issued an apology...
  • CNN and Roland Martin asks: Were Confederate soldiers terrorists?

    04/11/2010 11:28:46 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies · 1,566+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/11/2010 | Roland Martin
    Based on the hundreds of e-mails, Facebook comments and Tweets I've read in response to my denunciation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to honor Confederates for their involvement in the Civil War -- which was based on the desire to continue slavery -- the one consistent thing that supporters of the proclamation offer up as a defense is that these individuals were fighting for what they believed in and defending their homeland. In criticizing me for saying that celebrating the Confederates was akin to honoring Nazi soldiers for killing of Jews during the Holocaust, Rob Wagner said, "I am...
  • Gov. Sorry for Omitting Slavery in History Month

    04/08/2010 12:25:56 PM PDT · by Young Werther · 31 replies · 883+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2010 | unk
    Gov. Bob McDonnell has conceded a "major omission" for not noting slavery in declaring April Confederate History Month in Virginia. As part of his mea culpa, McDonnell inserted into the proclamation a paragraph condemning slavery as "evil and inhumane" and blaming it as the cause of the Civil War.
  • "I Apologize" McDonnell Issues Apology (VA)

    04/07/2010 3:40:28 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 56 replies · 1,548+ views
    WashPost ^ | April 7, 2010
    Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) apologized late Wednesday for failing to include slavery in his proclamation declaring April as Confederate History Month. The full text of his statement follows: Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement today regarding the proclamation of Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth "The proclamation issued by this Office designating April as Confederate History Month contained a major omission. The failure to include any reference to slavery was a mistake, and for that I apologize to any fellow Virginian who has been offended or disappointed. The abomination of slavery divided our nation, deprived people of...
  • A-huntin' The Sources of Appalachian English

    03/26/2010 7:00:19 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 184 replies · 1,756+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 26, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    An order of the Virginia Colonial Council dated May 4, 1725, concerned an allegation that "divers Indians plundered the Quarters of Mr. John Taliaferro near the great mountains [i.e., the Blue Ridge] . . .[and carried off] some of the Guns belonging to and marked with the name of Spottsylvania County . . . ." The Council concluded: "It is ordered that it be referred to Colo. Harrison to make inquiry which of the Nottoway Indians or other Tributaries have been out ahunting about that time . . . ." Now, the Colonial Council was an august body and its...
  • Virginia Resolution of 1798

    03/19/2010 8:43:00 AM PDT · by MichiganConservative · 20 replies · 386+ views
    Constitution Society ^ | December 24, 1798 | James Madison and Thomas Jefferson
    Virginia Resolution of 1798 RESOLVED, That the General Assembly of Virginia, doth unequivocably express a firm resolution to maintain and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of this State, against every aggression either foreign or domestic, and that they will support the government of the United States in all measures warranted by the former. That this assembly most solemnly declares a warm attachment to the Union of the States, to maintain which it pledges all its powers; and that for this end, it is their duty to watch over and oppose every infraction of those principles...
  • Mysterious Jamestown Tablet an American Rosetta Stone ?

    01/17/2010 6:07:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 1,271+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | January 13, 2010 | Paula Neely
    Slate may show early colonist efforts to communicate with Indians. With the help of enhanced imagery and an expert in Elizabethan script, archaeologists are beginning to unravel the meaning of mysterious text and images etched into a rare 400-year-old slate tablet discovered this past summer at Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Digitally enhanced images of the slate are helping to isolate inscriptions and illuminate fine details on the slatethe first with extensive inscriptions discovered at any early American colonial site, said William Kelso, director of research and interpretation at the 17th-century Historic Jamestowne site. With the...
  • Lexington, Virginia, Made a Pact with the Devil

    01/14/2010 10:36:21 PM PST · by Brian_Baldwin · 1 replies · 433+ views
    Shocking revelations into historical folktales of Virginia reveal that a long time ago, Lexington was given over in a Pact with the Devil by a blacksmith just prior to the Civil War. It is called folktale, but there are many who can vouch for the historical side of Wicked John and the Devil. As for Wicked John whom you have no doubt heard of if you know anything about the Wiley ways of the Red Demon, can say of John that critter's so mean the buzzards wouldn't claim him, Too bad for heaven, too mean for hell. One of those...
  • Virginia's Indian tribes leave wild game for Gov. Tim Kaine

    11/26/2009 5:49:17 PM PST · by HokieMom · 20 replies · 1,058+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 26, 2009 | Jim Nolan
    VIRGINIA, Va. -- It's probably the last time that Timothy M. Kaine will step outside his house in the morning to find two dead deer and a turkey on his doorstep. But yesterday, the outgoing Virginia governor and his wife, first lady Anne Holton, stood outside the Executive Mansion in Richmond to preside over a Thanksgiving tradition that dates to the late 1600s -- Virginia's Indian tribes paying tribute to the governor. On a damp and gray but mild morning, Kaine welcomed about 200 people, including members of several generations of Indians in traditional garb, as well as Capitol Square...
  • Frontier Culture Museum 1850 American Farm

    08/28/2009 10:31:32 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 2 replies · 333+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 28, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    The 1850s American Farm exhibit at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia, features vintage structures including s sheathed log house. The buildings were located originally near Eagle Rock in Botetourt County, Virginia, and were moved to the Museum grounds and reconstructed as one of the original exhibits in 1988.
  • Frontier Culture Museum -- 1740 Log Cabin

    08/23/2009 9:21:25 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 13 replies · 647+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | August 23, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    The Virginia Frontier Culture Museum's 1740s log cabin is displayed as a work in progress. The cabin is a typical peeled-log, saddle-notched settler's cabin of the kind favored by Scotch-Irish moving into the wilds of the Backcountry. The construction was simple and required few tools. The museum's replica is built with one door and no windows -- a common practice which led to laws requiring homesteader's cabins have at least one window.
  • But Where's George? Vernon Downplays Its Lead Character

    07/06/2009 11:05:16 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 8 replies · 590+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2009 | Brigid Schulte
    Just about every American, from the time they're 6 or so, learns that Mount Vernon is Founding Father George Washington's home. They draw pictures of the grand farmhouse in art class. Study it in history. File onto buses and reverently visit the hallowed ground along the Potomac River. And right now, that's Mount Vernon's problem. There's just too much George, according to some international culture experts, who are considering whether the historic estate belongs on the United Nations' list of World Heritage sites. A group advising the U.S. government on getting American sites onto the prestigious list initially rejected Mount...
  • After Jefferson, a Question About Washington and a Young Slave

    05/28/2009 5:25:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1,396+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 7, 1999 | Nicholas Wade
    Three descendants of Venus' son, who was called West Ford, say that according to a family tradition two centuries old, George Washington was West Ford's father. They hope to develop DNA evidence from Washington family descendants and his hair samples to bolster their case... There is, however, reason to believe that if the child's father was not Washington, it might have been someone closely related to him. The cousins' claim has several elements of truth, enough to set up a historical mystery as to the identity of West Ford's father and to add a new strand to the emerging links...
  • Actor (Robert) Duvall enters battle to save Va. battlefield

    05/04/2009 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 86 replies · 1,989+ views ^ | May 4, 2009 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    Actor Duvall enters battle to save Va. battlefield By STEVE SZKOTAK LOCUST GROVE, Va. (AP) - Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall has fired a verbal salvo against plans to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter near a Virginia Civil War battlefield where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee first fought the Union's Ulysses S. Grant. Duvall, who is a descendant of Lee, said he will help preservationists in "chasing out" the retailer from a site near the Wilderness Battlefield. At a news conference on Monday, Duvall said he has no grudge against Wal-Mart but believes in capitalism coupled with sensitivity. Duvall was joined...
  • Today is Friday, April 17, Virginia Secedes.

    04/17/2009 5:58:13 AM PDT · by central_va · 52 replies · 777+ views
    on this ^ | April 17, 2009 | Va house of delegates
    Today is Friday, April 17, 2009 Today in U.S. Civil War History 1861 - Virginia left the Union. Within the next 5 weeks Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina seceded bringing the total of Confederate states to eleven.
  • Virginia Governor To Speak On Saving State's Historic Battlefields (Tim Kaine)

    03/24/2009 8:37:12 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 2 replies · 332+ views
    Westwood One ^ | 24 March 2009
    (Fredericksburg, VA) -- Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will speak at an event today aimed at raising awareness and funding for the state's historic battlefields. Kaine will speak at 10 a.m. to a group in Fredericksburg that helps fund and upkeep the Fredericksburg battlefields, where Robert E. Lee is credited for a victory against the Union Army during the Civil War. In the first year of his administration, Governor Kaine set up the Virginia Historic Battlefield Preservation Fund which helps upkeep the state's numerous battlefields.
  • Archaeologist to Discuss Life on Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Plantation

    02/06/2009 9:38:35 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 694+ views
    Smith College, Office of College Relations ^ | Monday, February 2, 2009 | Kristen Cole, Media Relations Director
    Later this month, an archaeologist at Thomas Jefferson's historic home of Monticello in Charlottesville, Va., will speak at Smith College about the use of the late president's plantation by the estate's residents, both free and enslaved. Sara Bon-Harper, archeological research manager, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in McConnell Hall, Room 103, about "Defined Spaces: Landscape on the Monticello Plantation." The event is sponsored by the Program in Archaeology and the Lecture Committee and is free and open to the public. Bon-Harper's work at Monticello focuses on an archaeological survey of the original 5,000-acre plantation and the excavation...
  • Roanoke Island: What Happened to the Lost Colonists of 1587?

    02/01/2009 4:59:35 PM PST · by Vendek · 71 replies · 3,327+ views
    A Novel of America ^ | 1/25/2009 | Errol Lincoln Uys
    We found the houses taken down and the place very strongly enclosed with a high palisade of great trees, with curtains and flankers very fortlike, and one of the chief trees or posts at the right side of the entrance had the bark taken off, and five feet from the ground in fair capital letters was graven CROATAN, without any cross or sign of distress. We entered the palisade, where we found many bars of iron, two pigs of lead, four fowlers, iron sacker-shot and such like heavy things, thrown here and there, almost overgrown with grass and weeds. --...
  • President Bush to highlight a Virginia thanksgiving site (tomorrow)

    11/18/2007 10:03:38 PM PST · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 110+ views
    AP/KOIN ^ | 11-18-07
    Some Virginians are giving thanks early this Thanksgiving. It's because President Bush is set to bring recognition to a little-known thanksgiving site in Virginia between Williamsburg and Richmond. On Monday, the president plans to stop by Berkeley Plantation, where English settlers held a thanksgiving service almost two years before the Pilgrims' feast in Massachusetts.