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The Other Booths

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On the evening of April 14, 1865 during a performance of the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of… Continue reading

General Lee’s Final Palm Sunday

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On Palm Sunday April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses  S. Grant in the front parlor of the Wilmar McLean home at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively… Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger

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    I was very honored over the weekend to learn that the talented and lovely Kathryn Gauci had nominated me as a Versatile Blogger. Kathryn’s historical novel, The Embroider, is next on… Continue reading

Pro-Union in a Confederate South

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 When I was a child in Georgia, voters were required to cast their ballots in the primary of the party in which they were registered. After accompanying my mother to the polls, I… Continue reading

Sherman’s Leavings

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  Three weeks ago, I shared a Civil War story from my father’s side of the family. This week, I am sharing one from my mother’s side. This is a tale from the… Continue reading

A Civil War Story

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We Americans are now in the final months of our Civil War’s sesquicentennial (1861-1865). Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in conflicts since our nation’s founding. Of that number, 622,000 died in the… Continue reading

The General, the Pirate, and the Pop Chart!

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In 1959, balladeer Johnny Horton made it to number 27 on the pop charts with his hit “The Battle of New Orleans”.  The song, replete with catchy melody and march pace rhythm, commemorated the… Continue reading

Draw Near and Listen!

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    In the materialistic frenzy that Christmas has become, it can be comforting to pause and focus on the simpler traditions of the season. One of the most delightful things about this… Continue reading

Pardoning the Turkey

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The joke making the rounds of Facebook this month goes something like this: “Your November not going well? Look on the bright side. At least you’re not a turkey.” Awful, I know, but… Continue reading

Thoughts on Creativity

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By Linda Bennett Pennell In another life, I have reason to be very interested in theories pertaining to and research in the areas of learning and cognition. Understanding how the human brain works,… Continue reading