| Jul 30, 2014
| 4:10 PM
The Vicksburg Campaign: Grant's Military Masterpiece, a lecture by the pre-eminent Civil War historian, Ed Bearss will take place on Tuesday July 29, at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 835 Riverside Ave., Torrington.
The lecture is presented by...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Open your wallet and, assuming you aren’t exclusively a plastic user, you’ll probably find a range of denominations of U.S. currency stuffed in there. And they all share one embarrassing feature: The faces on the front are all men.
| Nov 24, 2013
It has been two months since the Rebel army in Georgia delivered the morale-killing blow at the Battle of Chickamauga that sent Union Gen. William Rosecrans packing to be replaced by Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. The Southern army, led by Gen. Braxton Bragg,...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:25 PM
We all know Charlie Crist. We’ve seen him govern, and we’re familiar with his genial personality. He has an extensive record in public office.
If you’re in the Republican camp, Charlie Crist is a wishy-washy turncoat, a man of no...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 3:57 PM
I was led quite by accident last week to peruse a pair of highly absorbing memoirs.
That's the nice thing about being retired. You have time to indulge your reading passions, from selections on the latest bestseller lists to enduring works you've long...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 10:20 AM
As Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia marched north through the Shenandoah Valley toward Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, news of a different, distant campaign reached the Lehigh Valley in the summer of 1863.
The Allentown Democrat of June 10, 1863...
| Jun 30, 2013
VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War.
"Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln....
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Playwright Anton Chekhov famously said that a gun should never be displayed onstage without a reason. If it is seen in the first act, he advised, it ought to go off by the third.
In other words, writers should not clutter a narrative with distractions...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:24 AM
Rarely has anyone changed the landscape in Hampton Roads as dramatically as Secretary of the Army Elihu Root when he signed a Sept. 1, 1902 order authorizing the razing of the Hygeia Hotel.
The landmark structure stretched for more than 700 yards...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:53 PM
La historia de los hispanos en Estados Unidos comienza desde mucho antes de formarse la Nación americana, con la llegada de los primeros exploradores españoles a lugares como San Agustín en Florida.
Sin embargo, los textos de historia dicen poco —...
| Sep 15, 2013
Scratch Brittany, scratch the Cotswolds: The prettiest place I've ever been, anywhere in the world, is Galena, Ill. It's also the only place on the planet where I feel truly at home.
More than 40 years ago, I fell in love with Galena for its history and...