Post Tagged with: "Civil War"

Portrait of Stonewall Jackson at the National Portrait Gallery (Photo credit: Billy Hathorn)

Celebrating Gen. T. J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s Birthday

He was Gen. Robert E. Lee’s strong right arm. He was unarguably one of the best battle field commanders of any army, anywhere, ever. His tactics are still taught in military institutes around the world to this day. Jackson was a brilliant military strategist. But he was much more.

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Abraham Lincoln First Inauguration, March 4, 1861

The Uncivil War

In American schools the Civil War is a one trick pony. It was all about slavery and that is all it was about. There can be no doubt that slavery was a blight upon the history of the United States. However, slavery was not the only issue at stake in the Civil War. There was one other that took center stage in the minds of many: State’s Rights.

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The Unraveling of America

The Unraveling of America

This past week our nation celebrated the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address. Once a staple in schools, where kids learned the words by heart and delivered them before the whole class, modern education has apparently deemed the soaring words of Lincoln unworthy of being taught.

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Plaque of the Gettysburg Address at the Visitor Center entrance at Gettysburg National Battlefield

President Obama Disses God at Gettysburg

It has become common place for President Obama – in many of his speeches including now the Gettysburg Address – to leave out the very One that our Founding Fathers knew to be the Foundation and Bedrock of this once great nation. It is from this One alone that “all men are endowed with certain unalienable rights”.

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Photos: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Photos: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

During my family’s recent visit to Washington D.C., we stopped by Ford’s Theater near Chinatown in D.C. This is the historic place where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated shortly after Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered. Lincoln and his wife were attending in the Presidential Box on the right side of the theater above the stage. John Wilkes Booth, an actor who was very familiar with Ford’s Theater, entered the booth and shot Lincoln, not killing him instantly but mortally wounding him before jumping onto the stage and escaping.

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Photos: Gettysburg National Military Park

Photos: Gettysburg National Military Park

My family and I recently visited the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania, and I wanted to share some of our pictures with you. One of the things that struck me early on in our tour was the fact that the battlefield was much larger than I had ever imagined. Not having extensively studied the battle, I was under the assumption that it all took place in a relatively confined and geographically close area. Not so. The battle took place in the small town of Gettysburg, as well as in several major locations spread around the town on almost all sides.

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Declare Victory in the War on Inequality

Declare Victory in the War on Inequality

There is no doubt that our great nation’s formation reflected the cultural norms of the late eighteenth century with its sexual and race based biases. These cultural inequities were addressed after years of debate, a bloody civil war, and the passage of a number of Constitutional Amendments. Regulations were implemented to enforce these laws and affirmative action was created as a temporary measure to accelerate the change. But the question now is how long is “temporary” and when will the need for affirmative action ever end? Now fifty years later, maybe it’s about time to declare victory in this War on Inequality.

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The Confederate Constitution: What Your Elementary School Didn’t Teach You

The Confederate Constitution: What Your Elementary School Didn’t Teach You

At the start of 1861, several Southern states seceded to form their own union under the Constitution of the Confederate States. The Southern Constitution was just a modified version of the original U.S. Constitution, but the edits were significant. Slavery certainly was a factor in the Civil War. But it was partly the economic pressures on the South that made slavery an issue.

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Protective Tariffs: The Primary Cause of the Civil War

Protective Tariffs: The Primary Cause of the Civil War

The South did not secede primarily because of slavery. In Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address he promised he had no intention to change slavery in the South. He argued it would be unconstitutional for him to do so. But he promised he would invade any state that failed to collect tariffs in order to enforce them. It was received from Baltimore to Charleston as a declaration of war on the South.

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First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln

A Way Which God Must Forever Bless

The Confederates won the Second Battle of Bull Run, crossed the Potomac River into Maryland and captured Harper’s Ferry. But the Confederate drive was halted at the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of fighting in American history. In total, over a half million lost their lives in the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln decided to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

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