Category Archives: War Between the States

Living history in Laurinburg

When we read about the so-called American “Civil War”—more accurately Lincoln’s War against Southern Independence—most accounts describe battle strategies, troop movements, general’s tactics and casualties. But what about the civilians caught in the path of enemy armies? Of course, Northern … Continue reading

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Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

The May 2015 issue of The American Legion magazine (www.legion.org) includes a nineteenth-century speech by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. recalling his experiences as a young first lieutenant with the 20th Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteers during the War Between the States. … Continue reading

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Self-righteous, historically ignorant editors

A recent editorial in the Dallas Morning News (reprinted in the Wilmington, North Carolina StarNews) attempts to “place Confederate statues in context” by revising history (link below). The “context,” of course, is how the editors see history now—a politically motivated … Continue reading

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Remembering the War Between the States and its aftermath

The commentary by University of North Carolina-Wilmington history Professor Chris E. Fonvielle Jr. titled, “Why the Civil War still matters” published in the Wilmington StarNews last March caught my attention both for his review of some interesting facts, and his … Continue reading

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General Hoke at Duplin Roads

Twenty-eight year-old Robert F. Hoke rode his horse along the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad tracks south to the trestle over Rockfish Creek, the young officer’s butternut-gray uniform showing the rank of major-general. He passed camping pickets posted along the way; … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s words and misdeeds

On March 5, 2015 a Wilmington StarNews editorial opinion ran the text of President Lincoln’s second in inaugural address from March 4, 1865—this year marks the end of his war against the Southern people, 150 years later. Editors’ titled their … Continue reading

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War comes back to Wilmington

Last weekend the Cameron Art Museum and local sponsors’ hosted reenactment and entertainment related to the anniversary of the Battle of Forks Road in Wilmington, N. C.—a strong stand by General Robert F. Hoke with several thousand North Carolina soldiers … Continue reading

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