Stroke of Pen Altered Date, and a Tale of Lincoln, Too

Just hours before Abraham Lincoln “put on his hat and headed for Ford’s Theater,” on April 14, 1865, the president is said to have spared a mentally incompetent Army private the death penalty for desertion.
The legendary act of compassion was revealed by Thomas Lowry, an amateur historian, who said he found the pardon among hundreds [...]

Will historian be allowed to testify?

The Orange County Board of Supervisors wants to keep history out of the Wilderness Walmart dispute, and instead focus on local land-use issues in the high-profile case that starts today in circuit court.
Last week, the board’s attorneys filed a motion to quash the testimony of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson. He is among several national [...]

SCV honors last Confederate veteran to live in county

For its ninth annual Confederate Heroes Day ceremony on Saturday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Cross of Saint Andrews Camp in Alto honored the last confederate veteran to live in Cherokee County.
At the Jacksonville City Cemetery, more than two dozen troops, Southern Belles and United Daughters of the Confederacy gathered to honor the service of [...]

Scanning the area for Civil War history

You had to look closely to find the signature, grouped among a number of others at the bottom of a Virginia Military Institute diploma: “T.J. Jackson, Prof.”
“See?” said Paul Davis, pointing to a slight smudge just above Jackson’s name. “It looks like he started to sign on the wrong line and had to move down.”
And [...]

Fresh Looks at Familiar History: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

As far as historical accuracy goes, “The Birth of a Nation” earns a failing grade. The story it tells about the Civil War and the origin of the Ku Klux Klan is so warped a savvy high school student today might suspect it was produced recently by The Onion, as an astonishingly bad joke.
While the [...]

Spotlight: Sergeant William Carney

William Harvey Carney, born on February 29, 1840 was an African American soldier during the American Civil War who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Fort Wagner.
His actions at Fort Wagner preceded those of any other black recipient but he was not presented with the honor until nearly 37 [...]

History Prof. A.W. Crandall Dies at Age 68

Andrew Wallace Crandall, professor emeritus of history at DePauw and one of the University’s most beloved and distinguished teachers, died today at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle following an extended illness.  He was 68 years old.
Perhaps one of America’s best known authorities on the Civil War, Dr. Crandall was a member of the DePauw faculty [...]

This Day in the War: 01/25/11

Saturday, Jan. 25, 1862
The storm that had been battering the fleet off Cape Hatteras abated somewhat today, and efforts were redoubled to move the ships over the Hatteras sandbars into Pimlico Sound. The work was purely physical, as opposed to military, as there was insufficient Confederate manpower on either land or sea [...]