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In Deo Speramus – a fitting motto for a city of seafarers.

John Brown’s name appears on a list of members of the Sons of Liberty and he led the attack that burned the British schooner Gaspee in 1772 well in advance of the Declaration of Independence. He was jailed for his suspected offenses and the object of an armed naval mission to rescue him. During the […]

The first narrative history of the Civil War told by the very people it freed

The slaves’ war : the Civil War in the words of former slaves    Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008  Andrew Ward Slaves United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Social aspects Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xiv, 386 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [354]-372) and index. Clean, […]

“It was my habit either to go myself,with one or two men, or to send scouts, to find out some weak and exposed place in the enemy’s lines. I rarely rested for more than one day at a time. As soon as I knew of a point offering a chance for a successful attack, I gathered my men together and stuck a blow. From the rapidity with which these attacks were delivered and repeated, and the distant points at which they were made, a most exaggerated estimate of the number of my force was made… John S. Mosby

Mosby’s Rangers    New York : Simon and Schuster, c 1990  Jeffry D. Wert Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Cavalry Battalion, 43rd History Hardcover. 384 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-369) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or […]

Every diminution of the public burdens arising from taxation gives to individual enterprise increased power and furnishes to all the members of our happy confederacy new motives for patriotic affection and support… Andrew Jackson

Study the following list of the first 15 Presidents, sort out the great ones – the ones who held the union together without force of arms while expanding it – and what is the common denominator. THEY WERE ALL SOUTHERNERS! There hasn’t been one since – not a real one anyway – and look at […]

If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or duty violated is still with us, for our happiness or our misery… Daniel Webster

The slave ship : a human history      Marcus Rediker Slave trade Africa History New York : Viking, 2007 Hardcover. 1st. ed., later printing. 434 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 361-415) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or […]

Yet nightly pitch my moving tent, a day’s march nearer home… James Montgomery

The vacant chair : the Northern soldier leaves home    New York : Oxford University Press, 1993 Reid Mitchell United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Social aspects Hardcover. xiv, 201 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul… Lord Acton

The waning of the Old South civilization, 1860-1880’s    Athens, University of Georgia Press [1968] Clement Eaton Southern States Civilization Hardcover. Mercer University. Lamar memorial lectures, no. 10 xii, 195 p. 23 cm. A note on the sources : p. 173-186. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]