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Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Genesis 9:25

Bound for Canaan : the underground railroad and the war for the soul of America    New York : Amistad, c 2005  0060524308 Fergus M. Bordewich Fugitive slaves United States History 19th century Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xv, 540 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [508]-519).  […]

The Death of Major General J.E.B. Stuart

  The circumstances attending the wounding and death of the “Flower of Cavaliers” (General J.E.B. Stuart) ought to be put in permanent form for the use of the future historian, for no history of the Army of Northern Virginia would be complete which did not give large space to the chivalric deeds of this great […]

Perish that thought! No, never be it said That Fate itself could awe the soul of JEB Stuart. Hence, babbling dreams! you threaten here in vain! Conscience, avaunt! Stuart ’s himself again! Hark! the shrill trumpet sounds to horse! away!

Known as “Jeb,” Stuart was probably the most famous cavalryman of the Civil War. A Virginia-born West Pointer (1854), Stuart was already a veteran of Indian fighting on the plains and of Bleeding Kansas when, as a first lieutenant in the 1st Cavalry, he carried orders for Robert E. Lee to proceed to Harpers Ferry […]

Courage, brother! do not stumble, Though thy path be dark as night; There’s a star to guide the humble, Trust in God and do the Right.

Blood brothers : a short history of the Civil War    College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 1992 Frank E. Vandiver United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Hardcover. 1st ed. xii, 209 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-199) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust […]

The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion by William Hannibal Thomas

The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each […]

Where is delight? and what are pleasures now?— Moths that a garment fret. The world is turned memorial, crying, “Thou Shalt not forget!”

As much as there is to dislike about Black Jack Logan  his one accomplishment of note was to emulate the Southern tradition of a memorial day for the fathers and sons, the husbands and brothers who had fallen in the conflict. We present here the story of the start of Memorial Day along with Logan’s […]

This man has no principles, public or private. As a politician, his whole spring of action in an inordinate ambition.

If there was a bigger opportunist to come out of Illinois in the nineteenth century it would have to be Lincoln. Although this book is far too fulsome with praise for a political hack who became an operator without peer it does at least provide a timeline and some insights into the worst excesses of […]