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An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them… Duke of Wellington

Gentlemen,  Whilst marching to Portugal to a position which commands the approach to Madrid and the French forces, my officers have been diligently complying with your requests, which have been sent to HM ship from London to Lisbon and then by despatch rider to our headquarters.    We have enumerated our saddles, bridles, tents and tent […]

Buchanan handed the United States Navy the worst defeat it would take until Pearl Harbor but three Navy destroyers have been named in honor of Admiral Franklin Buchanan and the Superintendent’s quarters at the United States Naval Academy is also named the Buchanan House.

At mid-day on the 8th of March 1862, CSS Virginia (formerly Merrimack, and persistently mid-identified by that name or as “Merrimac”) steamed down the Elizabeth River from Norfolk and entered Hampton Roads. It was the newly converted ironclad’s trial trip, a short voyage that would deeply influence naval opinion at home and abroad. Anchored on […]

The historian must have some conception of how men who are not historians behave. Otherwise he will move in a world of the dead. He can only gain that conception through personal experience, and he can only use his personal experiences when he is a genius.

Bevin Alexander is the author of twelve books on military history, including Sun Tzu at Gettysburg, How Wars Are Won, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II, How America Got It Right, and How the South Could Have Won the Civil War. His book, Lost Victories, was chosen by the Civil War Book Review […]

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other… John Adams

Slave nation : how slavery united the colonies & sparked the American Revolution  Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c 2005 Alfred W. Blumrosen and Ruth G. Blumrosen ; introduction by Eleanor Holmes Norton United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Causes Hardcover. xv, 336 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references […]

This is called “the land of the free and the home of the brave”; it is called the “asylum of the oppressed,” and some have been foolish enough to call it the “Cradle of Liberty.” If it is the “Cradle of Liberty,” they have rocked the child to death… William Wells Brown

Although more sociology than history the book still offers some interesting anecdotal evidence. Its failing is in not showing exactly how stark the relief was between the Colonial America of the Constitutional period and the post Jacksonian free land and free labor movements by immigrants who shared neither the social nor the intellectual heritage of […]

descriptions of battles and civil convulsions do not exhibit the full condition of the South in the crisis. To complete the picture, social characteristics and incidents of private life are indispensable lineaments. It occurs to the author that a plain and unambitious narrative of her recollections of Virginia under the afflictions and sorrows of the fratricidal strife, will not be without interest in the retrospect of that memorable era… Sara Agnes Rice Pryor

This is really the story of Sara Agnes Rice Pryor, the daughter of Samuel Blair Rice, who was born in Halifax County, Virginia in 1830. In 1848 she married Roger Atkinson Pryor, a lawyer. In 1859, Roger was elected to the Congress as a representative from Virginia but resigned his seat to join the Confederacy […]

Always endeavor to really be what you would wish to appear… Granville Sharp

Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery by Quobna Ottobah Cugoano was the most radical assault published by a writer of African descent on slavery and was his response to the hypocrisy of Enlightenment Europe’s attitude toward the institution. In many ways Sian Rees has picked up where he left off giving an account […]