| Jun 25, 2012
| 6:08 AM
RICHMOND, Va. - Strolling above Beaver Dam Creek, you hardly take note of the languid tributary water that drifts peacefully from the nearby Chickahominy River.
Red cutgrass, trumpet weeds and a host of other herbaceous species grow freely on bordering...
| Jun 25, 2012
| 6:14 AM
A Park Service Visitors Center at the Cold Harbor National Battlefield about a quarter-mile up 156 from the Gaines' Mill road offers a good chance to check your bearings, and ask the on-duty Ranger any question that may have might have cropped up since...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 6:23 AM
AKRON, Ohio - Ohio is filled with lots of history.
There are presidents (eight in all), Indians, a Revolutionary War fort, a War of 1812 naval battle on Lake Erie, the National Road and the Ohio & Erie Canal.
There are figures from Annie Oakley and Gen....
| Sep 13, 2012
| 3:33 PM
The argument over the performance of the Union commander on the nation's bloodiest day is far from settled.
Major Gen. George B. McClellan was sacked by President Abraham Lincoln less than two months after the Battle of Antietam. For more than a...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Well before Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and brought localized heavy flooding, the weather story of the summer was not about an abundance of water -- it was the lack thereof.
And it still is.
Farmers and residents in 40 states know this all too well,...
| Feb 12, 2012
The North strikes back. After the debacle at the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861, the Union needed a decisive victory. It had to wait awhile, but the two-part victory finally came Feb. 6 at Fort Henry on the Tennessee River and on Feb. 16 just a few...
| Feb 21, 2012
Black History Month honors the achievements of African Americans throughout history and that is a good thing. Unfortunately, a reliance on family and faith, which allowed many African Americans to survive the horrors of Reconstruction, racial injustice...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 6:50 AM
BROOKNEAL, Va. — Most Americans know Patrick Henry for one speech: "Give me liberty or give me death," delivered March 23, 1775, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., during the Second Virginia Convention.
One place you can learn more...
| Mar 4, 2012
Most who know me realize that I am a “southerner” and generally write Civil War-based columns concerning Confederates such as Robert E. Lee, “Stonewall” Jackson and Isaac Trimble. I’m sure some view those folks as a bunch...
| Apr 25, 2012
Many Americans may not know it, but Cairo, Illinois - the small town at the southernmost tip of the state played a key role in the Civil War and the rise of the man who would become the 18th president of the United States.
Cairo was home to Fort...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Warren Harding died here" doesn't quite have the tourist draw of "Washington slept here," but for the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the distinction of being the only hotel where a president of the United States drew his last breath is enough to put it...