Commentary: Slavery and Civil War’s truth

A century and a half ago, brother took up arms against brother. It was the bloodiest conflict in our nation’s history. According to the Military History Institute, there were more than 623,000 casualties.
This year, all across the North and South, there will be events commemorating the war’s sesquicentennial. Here in Macon, we have four new [...]

Civil War love letters donated to thrift store

It looked like just another box of worthless papers when an anonymous donor dropped it off at a Kirkland thrift shop. But soon, workers realized they had a pristine record of U.S. Civil War on their hands; 15 perfectly intact letters written by, what store workers are convinced, a lonely soldier.
“Certainly, it sounds like love [...]

Civil War buffs bring history to life in Everett

Dressed in period military uniforms and sometimes engulfed in clouds of smoke from replica Civil War weapons, it’s easy to imagine that just for a moment they have slipped back in time.
“There’s a romance of the era,” said Norm Harriman, of Everson, one of 25 people participating in a Civil War skirmish reenactment in Everett [...]

Re-enactors honor Civil War vets

Friday marks the 145th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, arguably the greatest war in American history.
To commemorate the war’s end, the Washington Civil War Association and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War hosted the 12th annual Honoring Their Memory re-enactment and ceremony Saturday at the Grand Army of the [...]

Heroine Tubman Comes to Life at GH Library

A free presentation March 30 at the Gig Harbor branch of Pierce County Library will bring to life Harriet Tubman, an abolitionist who was known as the Moses of her people for rescuing hundreds of people from slavery through the “Underground Railroad.”
Lakewood-based Brown Tones Production will host a presentation of songs and storytelling that will [...]

Former Lincoln guard helped build Spokane

This is the month to observe the birthdays of famous American presidents.
We are midway between President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Feb. 12) and the birthday of President George Washington (Feb. 22) – the perfect time to note that one longtime Spokane resident knew President Lincoln personally. It had been his job to protect him during the Civil War.
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” U.S. Civil War- Beyond the Battles” to be taught at SSCC Continuing Ed.

Interested in revisiting the Civil War beyond the battles? Pete Mazza is an authority on the conflict that took the lives of over 600,000 Americans and ended some 100 years prior to the Voting Rights Act. Mazza will teach “The U.S. Civil War- Beyond the Battles” at South Seattle Community College Continuing Education Department beginning [...]

‘Abe Lincoln in Illinois’ sheds light on a hero’s rugged path to greatness

In Intiman Theatre’s “Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” we first meet the title character in the early 1830s, as a rugged, uncouth young fellow with no money, little self-esteem, few prospects — but a voracious intellect, and a gift for friendship.
When we leave Mr. Lincoln, in 1861, bearded and formally garbed, he’s standing on a railway [...]

Learn local, American history at Bellingham’s Pickett House

Another one of Bellingham’s more well-kept secrets is the oldest house in town, the Pickett House, over in the Lettered Streets neighborhood.
It’s open for public viewing and tours hosted by the Daughters of Pioneers from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at 910 Bancroft St., off E Street, between West Holly and Dupont streets. Admission is [...]

Front porch: A little of the Civil War in Everett

The fifth annual Echoes of Blue and Gray, including a Civil War battlefield skirmish re-enactment and a ceremony honoring veterans of the Union and Confederacy, is scheduled for Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery, 4504 Broadway, Everett. All events are free and open to the public.
Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with Everett Public Library historian David [...]