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Lee’s Farewell

General Lee’s Farewell to His Army HEAD QUARTERS ARMY NORTHERN VA April 10, 1865 General Order — After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to … Continue reading

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Obituary of Raleigh Travers Daniel, Jr.

Daniel, Raleigh Travers (1853) – Raleigh Travers Daniel, Jr., Class of 1853: Genealogy: Born- ca. 1833. Father- Raleigh Travers Daniel; Mother- unknown. Grandparents- unknown. Marriage and Children- no info. Matriculated from Richmond, VA. At VMI 1 year, 9 months. Military … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Kindly General Lee – The Atlantic

Read the great article, The Myth of the Kindly General Lee, in the June 4, 2017 post on The Atlantic website, by Adam Serwer. Serwer offers several great points to refute the assertion that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was … Continue reading

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Hiding History

I recently found a copy of a brochure, The Confederate Statue, distributed by the Office of Historic Alexandria. ┬áIf I understand the coding at the bottom of the brochure, it was created in November, 2002. The brochure compiles a number … Continue reading

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U.S. Government Provided Weapons to the South Anticipating Civil War!

From Ron Chernow’s epic biography of President Ulysses S. Grant: Grant grew irate when Buchanan, whom he denounced as the present granny of an executive, allowed Secretary of War John B. Floyd, a southerner, to redistribute arms from northern arsenals … Continue reading

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Alexandria Gazette on the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln

Appalling Tragedy This whole community was startled this morning, early, by reports trom Washington, of the murder of the President of the United States, and the attempted assassination of the Secretary of State and his son. So astounding was the … Continue reading

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Alexandria Ex-Confederates Organization Meeting – July 7, 1884

Meeting of Ex-Confederates Pursuant to call, there assembled at the Council chamber last night a large and enthusiastic number of ex-Confederates for the purpose of organizing a camp, similar to those which have been formed in all the large cities … Continue reading

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Raleigh T Daniel Reportedly the Model for the Appomattox Statue

Notes: Alexandria Gazette, May 24, 1889 It is said Mr. Elder, when he painted “Appomattox,” from which the statue erected today was designed, took the head of Mr. Raleigh T. Daniel for the model. As you will recall from an … Continue reading

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Speech of Captain R. Travers Daniel on Dedication of Alexandria’s Confederate Monument

Mr Chairman, Gentlemen of the Committee, My Countrymen : We are gathered together today to commemorate the deeds of some of the unknown heroes of our soil, unknown to the world at large; their memory circumscribed by the narrow circle … Continue reading

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Unveiling Of Alexandria’s Confederate Monument – May 24, 1889

The laudable idea, conceived a year or two ago, of erecting a suitable monument to perpetuate to the memory of those of the historic Seventeenth Virginia regiment who yielded up their lives during the four years’ civil war, and which … Continue reading

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