In part 93 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that no single measure in the four year history of the Confederacy caused more dissension among Southern society than the failure known as conscription.
In part 94 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes how the first volunteer Major General in the Union Army, Benjamin Franklin Butler, earned the nickname, “Beast.”
On this edition of “Virginia Conversations” we track down two young people who found themselves in the national spotlight several years ago: Starchild Abraham Cherrix - the Virginia teen who went to court over his fight for alternative cancer treatment…And Callie Conley – one of the two babies accidentally switched at birth back in the 1990’s.
One of every 88 children in this country has some degree of autism – up 78% over the last ten years. It’s a puzzling psychological condition that makes it difficult to communicate, but it is possible to help these kids relate to the world around them. One Staunton couple has made some surprising discoveries in that vein.
Barry Kolman conducts the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra – an exciting job that brings him great satisfaction. He also teaches music at Washington and Lee University, but of all the musicians he’s encountered, one gives him the greatest joy.
In part 96 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles David Glasgow Farragut, the first man to be named a Rear Admiral in the US Navy. In popular culture, he is best remembered for his “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” command at the Battle of Mobile Bay.
In part 97 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that during the upcoming Independence Day celebration, we should remember that both North and South fought for freedom. Each side defined freedom in its own ways. However, to look back now and condemn either side borders on hypocrisy.
In part 99 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us why the formation of a Sunday School class in the autumn of 1855 by Major Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was both unique and unbelievable.
In part 100 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the bloody June 3, 1864 battle at Cold Harbor. It was a conflict that U.S. Grant would relent in his memoirs.