Civil War Series
12:53 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Shiloh

Battle of Shiloh
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In part 31 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson recounts the April Battle of Shiloh, the commencement of war in earnest in the West.

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Civil War Series
12:50 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Virginia's Secession

Secession cartoon
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In part 32 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson explains why Virginia’s secession from the Union was one of our nation’s most momentous events.

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Civil War Series
12:48 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Soldier's Diet

Cooking utensils

In part 33 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes the diet of the Civil War soldier.

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Civil War Series
12:46 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Grumble Jones

"Grumble" Jones
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In part 34 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles one of the Civil War’s most colorful characters, William Edmondson “Grumble” Jones.

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Civil War Series
12:45 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Bloody Angle

Battle of Spotsylvania
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In part 35 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson describes a horrific battle in Spotsylvania, Virginia on May 12, 1864. It is known as the Bloody Angle.

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Civil War Series
12:43 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Calvary

Illustration of a calvary charge
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In part 36 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson recounts a calvary battle in Richmond on the northern outskirts of the town at the hamlet of Yellow Tavern. It pitted Union General Phillip Sheridan against General Jeb Stuart, the embodiment of a Virginia cavalier.

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Commentaries & Essays
10:46 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Confessions of a Juicer

Janis Jaquith

Remember the chipper scene from Fargo? Frances McDormand is investigating a homicide when she finds a man who is feeding Steve Buscemi’s leg into a wood chipper.

Last year, when I became a juicer, whenever I picked up a long, thick stalk of celery and fed it into my juicing machine, that ear-splitting whine of the motor, plus my hand pushing down on the stalk, made me think of the chipper and Buscemi’s sock-footed leg.

This is what happens when a carnivore goes vegan.

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Commentaries & Essays
10:26 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Love in the Late Afternoon

There are delightful surprises sprinkling the path to falling in love again at my age. I’ve always been something of a romantic, but in the last few decades that blissful trait has been buried under the weight of getting older, crushing some of the sense of delight and discovery necessary to maintain the magic.

In the past few years, I’d not even entertained the thought that fresh and adventurous romance was a possibility. I didn’t miss it because I didn’t expect it.

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Science & Technology
9:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Hello Heyo

The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas.  They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.

The allure of the South by Southwest festival is not only the new music and art.  A company called Twitter introduced it self to the world there in 2007. Now, hundreds of startups compete for slots at the annual gathering.  Nathan Latka is CEO of  “Heyo.”  His Blacksburg company is an invited guest at the week long conference.
 

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Arts & Culture
9:22 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Coffee Competition

The nation’s biggest coffee trade show is underway in New York, and three Virginians are heading that way to compete for the title of America’s Best Coffee House.

The Mudhouse in Charlottesville, which began brewing coffee for Charlottesville 20 years ago, applied to compete in this year’s contest, and after secret sippers came through, Mudhouse won the chance to show its stuff in New York, but Operations Director Dan Pabst says choosing which coffees to serve in competition was a tough task.

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