Tag Archives: American Civil War

Fall of Atlanta Boosts Lincoln’s Re-Election Hopes

(This essay was originally published as “Tide of war turns at last,” in the Newport Daily News on August 16, 2014.) After the stunning Northern victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863, Northern hopes were high that the war … Continue reading

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Burnside: A “Want of Success”

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on June 18, 2014.) Ambrose Everett Burnside, Rhode Island’s most famous Civil War general, had a military career with actions sometimes very competent and praiseworthy but at other times incompetent … Continue reading

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From Slavery to Greatness

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on May 7, 2014.) Next to Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass was probably the greatest African-American in US history. Unlike King, Frederick Douglass—born Frederick Bailey in February 1818—was not killed … Continue reading

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Julia Ward Howe, Author of Battle Hymn, Spent Much of Her Life in Portsmouth

(This essay was originally published as “Beyond the ‘Battle Hymn,’” in the Newport Daily News on March 22, 2014.) Julia Ward Howe, a talented, independent-minded woman of the 19th century—poet, writer, playwright, preacher, lecturer, and reform leader—spent much of her life at … Continue reading

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Rhode Island’s Industrial Might Boosted the Union’s War Effort

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on February 19, 2014.) Many historians consider the Civil War the first “modern war,” by which they are referring to two things. It was the first war to mobilize the … Continue reading

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Rhodes Remains “All for the Union”

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News on December 31, 2013, as “Despite hardships, soldier remained ‘for the Union.’”) The year 1863 was filled with mud, battles, hunger, comradeship, and firmness in commitment to God and country for … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Address

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News, November 19, 2013, as “Gettysburg Address Defined Our Purpose as a Free People.”)  One-hundred fifty years ago, on November 19, 1863, at a ceremony to honor the fallen in the Battle of … Continue reading

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