Civil War history

Historic Stagville, Civil War History

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Historic Stagville sits outside of Durham, North Carolina.  I toured this fascinating site with Rose Hammitt while in Chapel Hill for the North American Travel Journalist Conference.  This historic site shares the story of a pre-Civil War farm.  I think for those of us that grew up in the north, the plantation and slavery times are […]

Duke Homestead, tobacco history

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  A stop at the Duke Homestead offered a fascinating look into both the Civil War time period and tobacco history.  It was Washington Duke that farmed the ground before being conscripted to join the Civil War along with his 18 year-old son Brody.  After losing his oldest son and two wives, Washington Duke set […]

Bennett Place the last surrender of the Civil War

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Outside Durham, North Carolina is a farm where a unique event took place.  On April 17, 1865 General Joseph Eggleston Johnston and Major General William Tecumseh Sherman met to negotiate terms of surrender.  Not long before, on April 9th, Lee and Grant had met at Appomattox and that I thought was the end of the […]

Learn about the courtship on the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour

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While you may know a lot about Abraham Lincoln, Jenifer Brownell, site interpreter for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPM) said that Mary is more mysterious.  “Mary is a bit obscure,” Jenifer said at the beginning of the Abe & Mary: Quite Contrary Walking Tour. This tour officially starts Tuesday June 6, 2017 and will […]

Civil War History in Kinston

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The Civil War took its toll on the town of Kinston, North Carolina.  Jan Parson of the Kinston Chamber of Commerce shared information on the hosted tour I was part of.  Jan explained that the state of North Carolina was really on the fence when it came to the War.  “We didn’t want to be in the war.  […]

Finding history at the HistoryCenter in Fort Wayne

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When traveling, I love to step back in time and learn about the history of the city I am in.  On a hosted trip to Fort Wayne this past April, my mom, Lori Disque and I stopped at the beautiful History Center to learn more about this lovely city.  The History Center is housed in […]

Dr. James Ford Historic Home

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Sometimes there is no question that an event is a God thing.  Mom (Lora Disque) and I were traveling in Wabash, Indiana. We had stayed overnight at the lovely Herrold On Hill Bed and Breakfast, and went downtown to tour whatever historic sites we could see before noon.  At Herrold on Hill, our hosts had […]

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The Truth About Sojourner Truth- Lessons from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

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Yesterday, I was at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to preview the Cubs VS Cardinals, The Rivalry, a new exhibit. While there, I met an amazing woman, Patricia Jane Davis who was in character as Sojourner Truth. Davis portrays the part of Truth with great clarity and is a historian on the subject of this […]

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The Abraham Lincoln Statue in Bunker Hill, a Thank You for Civil War Service.

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I had heard there was a lovely statue in Bunker Hill so my husband Keith and the grandkids went to check it out.  There is something about a statue that moves me and this one happens to be of Illinois’ favorite son, Honest Abe.  I must admit the grandeur of the statue is unexpected.  The  lovely […]

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Chicamaugua Battle Field, a reminder that our freedom is not free.

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This tower is one of the many memorials that fill the expansive Chickamauga Battle Field.  Traveling south with our friends the Elliotts, we thought we would make a quick stop at the visitors center and drive through the battle field park to learn about the story of this what happened here during the War Between […]

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