In my last column I wrote about men from Confederate states that fought for the Union. This time I flip the question. Were there men from Union states that fought for the Confederacy?
Among those who chose the Union of the United State over the sovereignty of their native state were four officers. Four officers that the South could have dearly used, and might have made the difference between victory and defeat.
It was a point-blank slugfest lasting for 22 hours and resulting in 17,000 casualties when Union and Confederate forces locked together in battle in Virginia at a place called the Mule Shoe Salient.
We’ve all been there. Someone says something, does something that rubs us the wrong way and we vent about it to a friend, coworker or on social media. And it comes back to haunt us.
KINGSPORT — Ever wondered what happened the last 48 hours before the meeting at Appomattox during the Civil War?
Remember when we were urged to call them ‘Freedom’ fries instead of ‘French fries’? Looking back at our history, maybe we should reconsider.
Even though summer is almost here, there is still time to get in some spring cleaning of the old history column. It’s a chance to followup on some past stories and update or clarify some others.
I thought it was bad when Memphis took the monument off the grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest, but now the state legislature has voted in favor of removing not only the monument but the bodies from the graves of President James K. Polk and his wife.
A baseball stadium is to be torn down and turned into a park to commemorate the slaves who built the adjacent Fort Negley. But I hope Nashville leaders remember the United States Colored Troops in addition to the slaves.
Women marched in the streets, attempted to force their way in to vote, protested at the gates of the White House and even resorted to hunger strikes until a suffrage bill was introduced in Congress 50 years after the Civil War. But the Democratic Party opposed the bill to amend the Constitution and the measure was repeatedly defeated.