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Robert Smalls Sails out of Slavery

Robert Smalls

by Cate Lineberry As the waves rocked the Planter, Robert Smalls proudly presented the guns to the dashing young John Frederick Nickels, the captain of the Onward, who had come very close to destroying their ship a few minutes earlier.

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War Dogs


by Rebecca Frankel The canon of literature on dogs is vast and deep. I’d be willing to bet that there are thousands upon thousands of titles devoted to stories about dogs—history, fiction, memoirs, advice and “how to” books, and volumes

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History, Modern History

Shedding the Mythology of the Good Slaveholder

Tomlinson Hill Welcome Sign

By Chris Tomlinson Tomlinson Hill is the stunning story of two families—one white, one black—who trace their roots to a slave plantation that bears their name. My grandfather used to tell me that our family had owned slaves before the Civil

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

September 17, 1862: Antietam in Images

Battle of Antietam

By Callie Oettinger “All campaigns have a turning point—a moment or a day (or sometimes longer) where the tide turned inevitable in the direction of one side over another. In some instances those campaign turners were perceived almost immediately during

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Battle of Antietam: Chronology and Aftermath


By Norman S. Stevens Chronology 17 September: THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM (also known as Sharpsburg). It must be pointed out that the exact timing of events at Antietam are, to some extent only approximate. There were a vast number of watches

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