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Unlike the Civil War, the War of 1812 in Hampton Roads left such a dearth of artifacts and records that it's been tough finding ways to illustrate what are some pretty dramatic but strangely invisible stories. That scarcity of documents is what makes...
In a place that has been fought over for as long and as many times as Hampton Roads, you should probably expect a few stray raids or battles to fall off the radar. But in more than two decades of exploring the history of the region, I've only seen one...
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Among the most evocative artifacts I've seen while preparing an upcoming series of stories on Hampton Roads and the War of 1812 is a rifle left behind by an American sharpshooter fleeing the field of a hopeless battle. Not only does this rare marked...
Go back 200 years this month and you would have found Hampton Roads in turmoil. The world's best and biggest navy, which had arrived in February to blockade the Chesapeake Bay, was looking for new targets after the return of a squadron that had...
Driving north toward Wisconsin, McHenry says you are almost there. But it is more than the roadside sunglasses hut and signs offering wintertime boat storage — it's the Wisconsin-like essence. Fifty-five miles northwest of the Loop, this is a...
The Indianapolis StarFor most of the callow Colts, the history of the Colts’ move from Baltimore to Indianapolis might as well be as distant and foreign as the publication of the Magna Carta and the War of 1812. “I wasn’t even born then,’’...
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After reading this week's criticism of how the National Park Service and the Fort McHenry administration have been dealing with the constraints of sequestration, I would remind critics that despite the site's obvious attraction to runners, walkers and...
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The small wooden trunk is covered with red leather, painted with an ocher floral embroidery and studded with brass nails — and it couldn't have announced its owner's intention more clearly. The 19-year-old Baltimore beauty who packed the trunk...
Tags: Atlantic Ocean, Family, U.S. Congress, Arts and Culture, France
In "The Son," Philipp Meyer's sprawling multigenerational saga about a powerful Texas family, the author harvests the state's sad, passionate, often violent history, from its origins as an embattled republic to its present-day condition as an arid...
HarwintonThe T.A. Hungerford Memorial Museum, located at 50 Burlington Road (Route 4) in Harwinton, will now be open on selected Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning June 9. This year's exhibit theme is Textiles. On display will be clothing from the mid...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Museums, Harwinton
On Jan. 1, 1863, when the Emancipation Proclamation was declared by President Lincoln, the majority of freed slaves didn't know how to read. Attempts to spread the word by traditional means — newspapers, handbills, posters — would go a long...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Social Issues, Music, Slavery, Entertainment
Harry Enoch, Sun columnist and local historian, has prepared a series of articles from his upcoming book about one of the area’s most important pioneers, Capt. Billy Bush. Southwest Virginia Castlewood on Clinch, 1771 After Billy Bush left home,...
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