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General Joseph Hooker & Hookers?

Written on:May 15, 2014
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article-0-1DDCCA3100000578-533_964x1105There is a map (held by the Library of Congress) that surfaced online recently that depicts Washington, D.C., and in particular the White House. It was noted that at one time, within sight of the White House there were 50 saloons and 108 ‘bawdy-houses’ (brothels) in the infamous Murder Bay neighborhood. It is taken from a newspaper clipping from the 1890s and can be found at Slate.

According to the map (unknown date of creation) the Murder Bay area was also known as “Hooker’s Division” as Civil War soldiers assigned the job of defending the capital were for a time under the command of General Joseph Hooker, and they visited the neighborhood often.

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I was interviewed by Jane Johansson for her The Trans-Mississippian Blog

Written on:April 19, 2014
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Dr. Jane Johansson is a professor of history at Rogers State University and operates The Trans-Mississippian Blog. She was kind enough to read my The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil War book and afterwards asked if I’d do an interview about the book and my experiences. It was honor to be asked and I was happy to do so. Here’s a sample: Several months ago, Chris Wehner contacted me and…

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Should the Civil War Death Toll be Reconsidered?

Written on:April 16, 2014
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Our understanding and interpretation of the American Civil War relies partially on the death toll. Indeed, with regard to most conflicts the death toll is usually one of the first facts (data) that is discussed. The true death toll of the Civil War has been the subject of debate throughout the years; as well as on numerous blogs and websites including on here. Recent studies have determined that we probably have…

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North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal & My “The Confederate Attack on Washington, N.C.” Article

Written on:April 14, 2014
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Finally received my copies of the February 2014 North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal which published my article “The Confederate Attack on Washington, N.C.” In it I explore the nature of urban combat as the sacking of Washington, N.C. was one of the earliest known examples of fighting that involved citizens within a city who not only were victims, but took an active role in the engagement in some instances. The…

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1,800-year-old letter from Egyptian soldier deciphered

Written on:March 20, 2014
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According to news reports: “A newly deciphered 1,800-year-old letter from an Egyptian solider serving in a Roman legion in Europe to his family back home shows striking similarities to what some soldiers may be feeling here and now. Grant Adamson, a student at Rice University took up the task in 2011 when he was assigned the papyrus to work on during a summer institute hosted at Brigham Young University (BYU)….

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The Gettysburg Story

Written on:December 5, 2013
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‘The Gettysburg Story’ film dramatically tells the history of the greatest battle fought in the Western Hemisphere. Narrated by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg) and directed by Jake Boritt, the stories of characters who experience the battle come alive through dynamic, innovative imagery that captures the historic battleground as you have never seen it before. Indeed, had a chance over the weekend to watch Jake Boritt’s stunning portrayal of that pivotal…

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General Grant and the Rewriting of History

Written on:November 22, 2013
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This isn’t a full blown review of Dr. Frank P. Varney’s book, General Grant and the Rewriting of History, as I just started reading some of it yesterday. I’m jumping the gun here abit as after reading the Preface I could not put the book down. I believe it was Machiavelli who declared that you should judge a leader by those he keeps around him; his lieutenants, ect., the quote…

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The Keeping Room… Historical Revisionism?

Written on:November 14, 2013
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There’s a new Civil War movie in post-production (meaning its already filmed) that reminds me of Cold Mountain based on its storyline, it’s called, The Keeping Room. It’s by first time writer Julia Hart. The movie stars Sam Worthington who I really liked in Avatar! Here’s the synopsis from the Internet Movie Database: Three Southern women – two sisters and one African American slave – left without men in the…

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BOOK REVIEW: Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories

Written on:November 9, 2013
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Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories BY: Ronald S. Coddington Hardcover: 280 pages, 77 halftones Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press (August 3, 2004) ISBN-10: 0801878764 ISBN-13: 978-0801878763 This book has obviously been out for a while now and how I came to possess it had nothing to do with the book other than it had a snippet on a soldier in the…

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