“A demonstration to distract the enemy’s attention”: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island

I’ve offered up a few posts about Morton’s Ford of late.  That action was the result of a demonstration made to distract the Confederates from a raid on Richmond, conducted for the most part with political objectives in mind.  But at the same time, another demonstration was in the works some 400 miles further south. Continue reading ““A demonstration to distract the enemy’s attention”: Schimmelfenning crosses to John’s Island”

Visiting my family’s old Virginia home

Yesterday, traveling back from Farmville, Virginia, I took the long way home in order to visit a few locations associated with my family’s past.  While Robert Moore’s roots are in the Shenandoah Valley, I guess my family stayed on the other side of the Blue Ridge – but just as today, not more than aContinue reading “Visiting my family’s old Virginia home”