Civil War Series
2:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Laughter is the best medicine

Political cartoon of Abraham Lincoln
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In part 129 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson gives examples of how Abraham Lincoln used humor to become a master storyteller.

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Civil War Series
2:33 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

A Union First

Illustration of the Battle of Kelly's Ford
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In part 130 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that the March 17, 1863 battle at Kelly’s Ford was the first victory for Union calvary and a harbinger of things to come for the South.

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Civil War Series
2:32 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Fighting Irish

Castle Garden, served as an immigration depot throughout much of the 1800s. The Civil War in America from the Illustrated London News
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In part 131 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson says that at least 20 Union regiments were all Irishmen, and their presence in camp and battle was always evident.

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Civil War Series
2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Strange Case of Wilmer McLean

The McLean house at the beginning and the end of the Civil War
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In part 132 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles Wilmer Mclean, who once remarked that “the war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor.”

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Civil War Series
2:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

The Great Locomotive Chase

The General Lee and the Great Locomotive Chase
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In part 133 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the dramatic events of the 1862 rail raid led by Major General Ormsby Mitchell.

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Civil War Series
2:28 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

George Baylor

George Baylor
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In part 134 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles George Baylor, the author of one of the best memoirs written by a Confederate soldier, Bull Run to Butt Run or Four Years in the Army of Northern Virginia.

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Science & Technology
2:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Blacksburg Represents at South by Southwest

There will be a strong showing from Blacksburg at next week’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin Texas. Two local start-ups are heading out there to participate. The annual conference is known for original music and independent film, but,  it also has a tech side.

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Civil War Series
2:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Old Beeswax

Admiral Semmes
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In part 135 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson tells us about Raphael Semmes, who was simultaneously a Confederate Admiral and General. It was Semmes alone who was responsible for a third of all Confederate Naval captures.

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Civil War Series
2:26 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Salt

Images from salt production in Saltville, Virginia
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In part 136 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson discusses the strategic importance of the town of Saltville, Virginia to the Confederate cause. By 1864, some 38 factories were providing almost 4 million barrels annually.

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Civil War Series
2:24 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

A Colorful Character

General Judson Kilpatrick
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In part 137 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles the colorful character, Judson Kilpatrick, who was the first regular Army officer to be injured in a civil war and a Brigadier General at the age of 26.

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