Robert E. Lee: Good, Bad and Human

For your consideration: The photo is from a Historical Marker Database entry, by my late friend Mike Stroud.  I might make the case this is more a “monument,” but the opening line says “in Memory of….” so maybe we put it in the memorial column. Regardless of how we categorize the object, there is aContinue reading “Robert E. Lee: Good, Bad and Human”

April 15, 1865: “It is too horrible to contemplate with composure” – the focus of the armies turn on the news

It is very easy for us to get caught up in the significance of a historical event, and forget that those living through the times were, just as you and I do today, living each day as moment to moment.  We all track that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the evening of April 14, 1865. Continue reading “April 15, 1865: “It is too horrible to contemplate with composure” – the focus of the armies turn on the news”

March 25, 1865: General Robert Anderson heading back to Fort Sumter to raise the flag

On March 25, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was visiting the lines at Petersburg and the Confederates were making quite a show around Fort Stedman.  But, in spite of the push made by the Army of Northern Virginia, dispatches on the Federal side seemed routine.  Among the routine traffic passed from Washington to City Point thatContinue reading “March 25, 1865: General Robert Anderson heading back to Fort Sumter to raise the flag”