| Apr 10, 2011
On a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 9:47 PM
Midway between Washington and Richmond, this town on the Rappahannock River was fought over and around repeatedly. There are four different battlefields and related historic sites at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial...
| Apr 10, 2011
Hearts Touched by Fire
The Best of "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War"
Edited by Harold Holzer
Modern Library: 1,264 pp., $38
The Civil War
The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It
Edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears and Aaron Sheehan-...
| May 18, 2011
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — This used to be tobacco country. Still is, but the demand for tobacco is down, the demand for soybeans and sweet potatoes is up, and the farmers have adjusted accordingly.
This is not a land of pretense. On the highway leading...
| Jan 30, 2011
The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903
Walker & Co.: 242 pp., $26
In the years immediately following the Civil War, America appeared to possess the will and the means to end racial...
| 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 30, 2011
| 4:16 PM
Carlos Moorhead's death last week marked the end of an era.
Amiable and gracious, as a congressman, Moorhead always was concerned with the welfare of his constituents. He was the epitome of across-the-aisle mediation and reconciliation. He looked for...
| 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...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 2:00 PM
Ulysses S. Grant had just taken command of the Union army when — in March 1864 — he posed for photographer Mathew Brady.
Yet already — as seen in this evocative portrait at the Chrysler Museum of Art — the weight of conducting a...
| Jul 30, 2011
| 7:26 AM
Former Confederate Gen. Joseph Eggleston Johnston caught a cold while attending the funeral in New York City for his former Civil War adversary, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, in 1891. A month later, he died in Washington and was buried in a non-...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 9:08 PM
Former Orange County Treasurer Chriss Street makes some statements about President Obama, makes some conjectures, and then draws some conclusions that are, well, out of left field ("Community Commentary: Why Obama doesn't care about the U.S. credit...