Tag Archives: American Civil War

Elisha Hunt Rhodes, as Officer, Sees Action at Antietam and Fredericksburg

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on December 17, 2012, as “Soldier’s Words Still Haunting.”  The second half of 1862, 150 years ago, saw some momentous events in the life of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, a Civil … Continue reading

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Forever Free

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on September 22, 2012.) One hundred fifty years ago today, President Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in rebel held territory and changing the nature of the Civil … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Serpent of Slavery

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on August 29, 2012.) From our Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the start of the Civil War in 1861, slavery posed a fundamental contradiction to our American identity. How … Continue reading

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It Is “All for the Union”

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News, July 26 & 27, 2012, as “R.I. Soldier Was Driven by Sense of Duty,” and “Faith in God, Union Kept Soldier Alive.” Highlighted in Ken Burns’ acclaimed documentary, The Civil … Continue reading

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The Civil War’s Most Accomplished Newporter

(This essay was originally published on June 27, 2012, in the Newport Daily News as “Newport’s Gen. Stevens exemplified courage.”) The most famous Newporter of the Civil War was of Newport but not from Newport. Isaac Ingalls Stevens was born … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Joins March to War

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News, May 26, 2012) After the South’s bombardment of Fort Sumter, on April 12, 1861, President Lincoln issued a call to arms on April 15 and established Rhode Island’s quota at … Continue reading

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The American Civil War: Beginning to the Battle of Shiloh

(This essay, entitled “Freedom, Unity Born in Conflict,” was published in the Newport Daily News on April 25, 2012) One hundred and fifty years ago, Americans fought, wounded, and killed each other in astounding numbers. The American Civil War began on April … Continue reading

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