What Lee and Grant didn’t bother to debate

What Lee and Grant didn’t bother to debate Lee. Grant. Appomattox. The three names have become almost shorthand for an end to four ghastly years of a war, all of whose casualties were Americans turned against one another. It is worth revisiting the...

A few Southern perspectives on the Civil War

A few Southern perspectives on the Civil War Near the end of the 19th century, author-journalist Cornelia Ann Phillips Spencer lost patience with what she considered Yankee revisionist history and decided to set the record straight. The result was a North Carolina...

Every good story deserves an audience

Every good story deserves an audience Snippets from a war story:      Being outnumbered and flanked on our right (Sherman’s left), we fell back in good order to Line No. 3, hundreds of yards from Line No. 2, and there Hardee’s entire corps, so far as I could tell,...

Have a boxful of history? Share the wealth!

Have a boxful of history? Share the wealth! Thousands of North Carolina boys and men began their Confederate service as members of local militias, some of which had colorful names such as “Scotch Tigers” and “Cumberland Plough Boys.” The names, and the men, were...

Olmsted cast New Eyes on the Old South

Olmsted cast New Eyes on the Old South Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) was in the front rank of this country’s landscape architects, and many consider him the best. But he was other things, as well – farmer, journalist, public works administrator – and he approached...

To Make Them Live Again

To Make Them Live Again “Why are you so interested in history?” Oh, for a dollar for each time I’ve been asked that. My initial answer went something like this: “I was bitten by the bug when my grandparents took me to an old battlefield close to...

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