Tag Archives: American Civil War

Something About Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody remains a legendary figure in the American past.  His legacy is a reflection of changing mores and a projection of contemporary celebrity.  There are towns with his name and even the NFL team, “The Buffalo Bills” of … Continue reading

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General Order Number 11 of 1862

Most of us wince at the mention of generalized bigotry and oppression of minority and ethnic groups within the borders of the United States.  Unfortunately, the history of prejudicial oppression is as old as the Republic, itself.  One of the … Continue reading

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Something About The Pony Express

The legends about the original Pony Express are legion and integral to the aura surrounding our ideas about life in the United States during the 19th Century. Most of us learned that the Pony Express was also very short-lived. We were told that the … Continue reading

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Jefferson Davis Is Captured

American history students may remember that on April 9, 1865, that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his troops to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appromattox, Virginia, to effectively end the American Civil War.  This is usually thought of as … Continue reading

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Junius And Albert’s Adventures In The Confederacy

I must admit that what first captured my attention to Peter Carlson’s latest book is the nostalgic cover.  The second attention grabber is the name “Junius”.  I love antiquated proper nouns.  Junius is a name that goes back to the … Continue reading

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New York Riots Of 1863

Backlash against civil and social reform has been a shameful aspect of political life in the United States. The worst civil insurrection or backlash in American history happened on today’s date in 1863.  The chaotic violence is collectively known as … Continue reading

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Zeppelin

Perhaps you arrived at today’s bluejayblog post because you’re looking for information about Led Zeppelin, the rock group.  If that’s the case, I should warn you that this post has nothing whatsoever to do with rock music.  But I do … Continue reading

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