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  • Historian hopes to get support for local Sons of Union Veterans chapter

    01/26/2004 4:54:18 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 159+ views
    Shreveport Times ^ | January 26, 2004 | John Andrew Prime
    <p>It may not be Grant at Appomattox or even Ben Butler raiding spoons from the mansions of New Orleans, but a local historian hopes to drum up interest in forming a local chapter of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War here in Shreveport.</p>
  • [Civil] War buff Marlin won't surrender to frustration

    01/26/2004 4:50:04 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 9 replies · 199+ views
    tennessean ^ | LARRY WOODY
    <p>Sterling Marlin is a Civil War buff who grew up on the battlefields around his home in Spring Hill --- where some of his ancestors fought --- and is an avid collector of books, relics and artifacts.</p> <p>Last fall Marlin met Jeb Stuart IV, descendant of the famed Confederate cavalryman, who volunteered to take him on a tour of battle sites around Richmond, Va.</p>
  • Forty Acres and a Mule The Ruined Hope of Reconstruction

    01/20/2004 6:17:42 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 10 replies · 517+ views
    NEH ^ | Jan Feb 2004 | Danielle Alexander
    "Reconstruction was a failure, but a splendid failure," says historian Leon Litwack. An NEH-supported documentary provides a new examination of the twelve years that followed the Civil War, when America struggled to reunite and to extend rights to former slaves. It was a time that saw new hope for Southern blacks as citizens and officeholders and sweeping changes in laws and government. But it was also a time of violence and terror, white racist retrenchment, and broken promises. In the end, the goal of Reconstruction--equality before the law for black citizens--would not be fulfilled until the next century."It didn't fail...
  • Civil War shell detonated after being hauled away

    12/12/2003 7:30:35 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 14 replies · 408+ views
    Vicksburg Post ^ | 11-dec-2003 | Laura Hough
    [12/11/03]An artillery shell from the Civil War, still dangerous after 140 years, was detonated in south Warren County Wednesday night after law enforcement and a military team hauled it from downtown Vicksburg. "A lady asked me to identify the cannonball and tell her if it was loaded," said Joe Gerache, 77, and owner of Corner Drug Store.Gerache has collected Civil War-era items, including medicines and weapons, since he was a teen. The drugstore is filled with his collectibles and he's well-known as an expert. "I told her I can't tell just by looking at it," Gerache said, "but I would...
  • Artist wants Civil War memorial in Shenandoah Valley

    10/20/2003 6:06:38 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 14 replies · 298+ views
    DFW Star ^ | Oct. 19, 2003 | AP
    HARRISONBURG, Va. - Sculptor Gary Casteel has suggested the Upper Shenandoah Valley as a good location for a national Civil War memorial.Casteel pitched the memorial as a tourism draw as well of a place of reverence during a meeting recently with the Civil War subcommittee of the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, a nonprofit group working to revitalize Harrisonburg's city center."It was sort of a surprise for me and the group," said Eddie Bumbaugh, executive director of the organization.The subcommittee had been focusing on a series of signs providing information on the downtown's Civil War history, he said. Bumbaugh also said Casteel's...
  • Saint John Civil War soldiers to be honoured

    10/20/2003 6:00:19 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 1 replies · 194+ views
    CanadaEast ^ | October 20, 2003 | MIKE MULLEN
    Most people know the storied American Civil War as a conflict that pitted brother against brother and the Yankee North against the Confederate South. But too few people, says Civil War re-enactor Terry Middleton of Quispamsis, realize that it also pitted Canadians against Canadians."It wasn't just an American war," he says. "There were whole German units, Italians, you name it . . . We had thousands from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia who went down and fought, and they didn't always choose to fight on the same side."That fact of history will be underscored at 2 p.m. next Saturday, Oct....
  • Montreat author alters Civil War history in new book with Newt Gingrich

    08/07/2003 6:43:04 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 7 replies · 388+ views
    BlackMountainNews ^ | Wednesday August 6, 2003 | Bob Williams
    When Montreat author Bill Forstchen was asked to write a second book with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, he decided to explore how America would have changed had the south defeated the north at Gettysburg. In the newest novel by this Forstchen/Gingrich team, "Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War," the authors offer a historical alternative simply by answering the 'what if' scenario."Gettysburg has always been the great 'what if' for folks interested in the Civil War," said Forstchen, who has written 35 novels of historical fiction and teaches history at Montreat College. "It's the crucial, pivotal, battle...
  • Civil War Re-Enactors Head to Gettysburg

    08/07/2003 6:35:46 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 278+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | August 7, 2003 | MARK SCOLFORO
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- The Confederate and Union forces that clashed here 140 years ago were dust-covered and weary from a long, hot march. The trip will have been more comfortable for the soldiers arriving Friday morning. But once they reach the 1,200-acre site of this weekend's anniversary event they will go to great lengths to recreate 1863 conditions.Fifty dump truck loads of wood will fuel their cooking fires. Most will spend the night under period-authentic canvas tents. All will have to answer to men acting as generals George Gordon Meade and Robert E. Lee.An extremely wet spring forced organizers to...
  • Jefferson Davis: beyond a statue-tory matter

    07/27/2003 5:08:19 PM PDT · by thatdewd · 590 replies · 1,819+ views
    The Courier-Journal ^ | July 27, 2003 | Bill Cunningham
    <p>The writer is a circuit judge who lives in Kuttawa, Ky.</p> <p>KUTTAWA, Ky. - The Courier Journal, at the behest of its columnist John David Dyche, has called for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue in the rotunda of the Kentucky State Capitol. Such a supposedly politically correct viewpoint reflects a shallow, selective and even hypocritical understanding of history.</p>
  • Civil War re-enactor finds notoriety with his reel face

    07/17/2003 6:31:14 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 43 replies · 550+ views
    Daily Record ^ | July 17, 2003 | CARYL CLARKE
    Earl Salisbury, a 44-year-old Civil War re-enactor from Goldsboro, picked up one of the first copies of "Gods and Generals" released on DVD Tuesday and found himself on the cover. "Right, smack, dab in the center," Salisbury said. "I almost fell over dead. I'm the tall, skinny guy with stripes on his arm."He said he had obtained the schedule for the filming of "Gods and Generals." He and a fellow re-enactor, his 21-year-old son, William, started going to the film shoots calling for Confederate soldiers. From summer to December 2001, they camped or stayed in hotels in Staunton, Va.; Hagerstown,...
  • S.C. historian has praise for Grant

    12/09/2002 7:48:26 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 28 replies · 465+ views
    Charlotte dot com ^ | Dec. 08, 2002 | BRUCE SMITH
    Union general called innovative and `every bit the match of Lee' MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Ask any schoolboy and he'll tell you Robert E. Lee was a military genius while Ulysses S. Grant was a butcher, simply using the North's advantage in men and material to bludgeon the Confederates.Not so, says historian Gordon Rhea, who has spent almost two decades meticulously researching and writing about the 1864 Overland Campaign in Virginia."There has been a shift in Grant's reputation in the past few years," Rhea says. "I think he has been painted into a corner of being a butcher, when in...
  • Lawmaker authors preservation bill for battlefields

    11/12/2002 6:11:29 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 182+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | Tuesday, November 12, 2002 | BILL HILLBURG
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Gary Miller has emerged as Congress' leading Civil War buff, backing a $10 million effort to preserve battlefields and donning Confederate gray for a cameo role in an upcoming movie. The Diamond Bar Republican's American Battlefields Protection Program Act of 2002 allocates $10 million per year over five years for Interior Department matching grants to communities and private groups to acquire historic sites threatened by development.The measure has been approved in the House and awaits a vote in the Senate. A final version of the act is expected to be included in the Interior Department spending bill...
  • The cost of re-enacting a war

    11/12/2002 6:01:02 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 6 replies · 322+ views
    Bankrate ^ | Nov. 12, 2002 | Tamar Alexia Fleishman
    Taking part in historical re-enactments has become a fast-growing pastime. Although the battles are now make-believe, the competition at the higher levels of the hobby can be real, as re-enactment groups try to out-authentic their peers. That means more research, better reproduction gear -- and more modern dollars spent chasing the look of the past.The cost of being part of history can range from almost nothing to thousands of dollars. A good way to think of the events is to compare them to applying to colleges. Some time periods are more popular than others and their organizations are more demanding...
  • Stonewall was one strange dude

    11/11/2002 7:12:48 AM PST · by stainlessbanner · 78 replies · 1,681+ views
    AP ^ | Nov. 10, 2002 | CHRIS KAHN
    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, perhaps the most feared and respected of Confederate generals, was by most accounts an odd person to have over for dinner.Awkward, with a thin, almost feminine voice, Jackson was incapable of chatty conversation. He obsessed about digestion and was known to bring his own food -- crusts of stale bread, usually -- to parties.Aside from his military accomplishments, Jackson's eccentricities are what many acquaintances remembered after his death in 1863. But there was much they didn't see.Jackson's "Book of Maxims," a collection of slogans and bits of wisdom he compiled as a young officer,...
  • Latitudes and Attitudes

    11/05/2002 12:04:56 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 11 replies · 317+ views
    WTVM - Columbus Georgia ^ | cmorgan@wtvm.com
    Even though the Civil War ended in 1865, America still has some battle scars. It's been said, "time heals all wounds," but when it comes to your sense of pride and lifestyle being hurt...it can take longer.The Civil War has been called the turning point in the young life of America. Four bloody years of fighting that pitted north against south. Many are still fighting it.The North had it's immigrant workers and industry. The South -- plantations, slaves and an agricultural economy. The two clashed in the Civil War. The conflict took more american lives than any other.Hollywood makes movies...
  • Civil War re-enactors divided -- over style

    09/23/2002 12:18:38 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 10 replies · 498+ views
    AJC ^ | 21 September 2002 | CLINT WILLIAMS
    The boom of cannons vibrates your innards. The sharp crackle of muskets sends drifts of pale smoke into the summer sky. Across the pasture, lines of men in blue face lines of men in gray, exchanging volley after volley after volley.Few men fall dead. After all, for most of the soldiers, it's too far a drive just to lie in the grass.In addition to travel time, each of the 1,500 or so Civil War re-enactors in the mock battle at Tunnel Hill just south of the Tennessee line has spent $1,000 or more on a uniform, firearms and other equipment....
  • Documentary brings to mind 'forgotten' black Confederates

    09/22/2002 11:44:18 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 24 replies · 362+ views
    SunSpot.net ^ | Sep 22, 2002 | Gregory Kane
    So with all those hurdles in front of him, what topic does Armstrong select for his second documentary feature? How does the title Black Confederates: The Forgotten Men in Gray grab you? "Black people tend to look at me as if to say, 'Wow, we didn't know this,'" Armstrong said last week as he stood outside the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, where his film had just ended a two-night run. Armstrong was selling videos of Black Confederates and his first documentary, The Fort Pillow Massacre, about an infamous Civil War incident in which Confederate troops are alleged to have slaughtered...
  • Historians question 'Civil War'conclusions

    09/22/2002 11:22:23 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 11 replies · 483+ views
    Cleveland.com ^ | 22 September 2002 | Delia M. Rios
    Perhaps the most moving moment of Ken Burns' 11-hour documentary "The Civil War" is the reading of Sullivan Ballou's July 14, 1861, letter to "My very dear Sarah," written days before he was killed at the first Battle of Bull Run. Americans hearing his words 129 years later treasured them almost as much as the Union major's widow must have, reciting the letter at weddings and funerals.The Ballou letter epitomized the great achievement of Burns' film, which PBS is rebroadcasting over five nights beginning tonight. (8 p.m. on WEAO Channel 45/49 and at 9 p.m. on WVIZ Channel 25).Burns gave...
  • Rerun of `Civil War' Renews Debate Among Historians

    09/18/2002 2:08:57 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 40 replies · 748+ views
    NewHouse News Service ^ | DELIA M. RIOS
    Perhaps the most moving moment of Ken Burns' 11-hour documentary "The Civil War" is the reading of Sullivan Ballou's July 14, 1861 letter to "My very dear Sarah," written days before he was killed at the first Battle of Bull Run. Americans hearing his words 129 years later treasured them almost as much as the Union major's widow must have, reciting the letter at weddings and funerals. The Ballou letter epitomized the great achievement of Burns' film, which PBS is rebroadcasting over five nights beginning Sunday. Burns gave viewers "the impression of being present in the past," as historian Robert...
  • Navy divers find intact skeleton in Monitor

    08/05/2002 9:38:17 AM PDT · by wasp69 · 26 replies · 432+ views
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 4 August 2002 | Paul Clancy
    By PAUL CLANCY, The Virginian-Pilot© August 4, 2002 OFF CAPE HATTERAS -- The Navy has found one of its own. At the bottom of the sea, buried in silt in the turret of the ironclad Monitor, divers uncovered an intact skeleton that is almost certainly the remains of one of the sailors who died when the Union ship sank 140 years ago, the Monitor expedition announced Saturday. A torso and skull were brought to the surface and packed in ice for shipment to the military's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. The lower half of the skeleton was trapped under one...
  • History leads to unlikely union

    07/15/2002 6:48:07 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies · 236+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 15, 2002 | Maria Sanminiatelli
    <p>SALEM, Va. — At times, the research was painful for William Holland. Court records, family documents and visits to museums yielded evidence of slaves, the ships that carried them and the tools that restrained them. Now, Mr. Holland's genealogical quest has taken him to a place that many blacks consider just as offensive: the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Mr. Holland decided to join the group after it confirmed that his great-great-grandfather, Creed Holland, was a slave who was made to serve as a wagon driver in the Confederate infantry. Two of William Holland's brothers also have signed up, a third is considering it, and a sister has applied for membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy.</p>