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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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Did American Education Forget Gettysburg?

 (This essay was originally published in The Lincoln Forum Bulletin, Fall 2013. On the 150th anniversary of the greatest, most significant battle since the Revolutionary War, America—but for historical circles and the celebrations in Gettysburg itself—appears disinterested. Abe Lincoln, our … 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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The Monotonous Diet of Billy Yank

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News as, “War Meals Were for Survival, not Great Taste,” September 6, 2013.) The Union soldier’s diet during the Civil War was sufficient to keep him alive and fighting, and distinctly … Continue reading

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The Battle of Gettysburg: the Turning Point

 (This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on July 1, 2013)         In probably the greatest land battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, Union and Confederate forces clashed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863. During these … Continue reading

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Native Americans Join Fight

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on May 22, 2013.) Native Americans, while continuing efforts to protect their tribes and lands, fought bravely on both land and sea for both the Union forces and the Confederate … Continue reading

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Katherine Wormeley Fills Important Role in Civil War

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News as “Comfort for casualties of battle,” February 27, 2013.)         Newport’s own Katharine (also spelled Katherine) Prescott Wormeley took an active role in public affairs throughout her life, founding the Girls … Continue reading

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“All Slaves …Shall Be Free”

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on December 31, 2012, as “Emancipation changed the war, and the nation.”) One hundred and fifty years ago today President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, stating that “all persons held … Continue reading

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