Short Takes

by Fred Ray on June 1, 2012 · 1 comment

What did the fabled Rebel Yell actually sound like? Smithsonian magazine digs up an old reunion tape to find out.

The proposed slavery museum at Fredericksburg is on hold and is looking more doubtful by the day. It’s been dogged by controversy and poor financial management since its inception.

Fold3 (formerly Footnote.com) looks at the great fire of Richmond following the Confederate withdrawal.

Abe Lincoln is the only US president to have a patent in his own name and was always interested in new innovations. What even more interesting is some of the patents he applied for but was not granted. One of them was an early idea for something that, given the differences in technology, sounds a whole lot like Facebook.

 


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Mark S June 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

The story about Lincoln and Facebook was a hoax. See here: http://natestpierre.me/2012/05/10/hoax-abraham-lincoln-invented-facebook/

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