Tag: Asheville

  • Lest Zeb Vance Offend Your Eye

    The city of Asheville has done some boneheaded things but this time they’ve outdone themselves. The Vance Monument downtown, which I mentioned earlier, has now been covered with a plywood barrier and a shroud, to keep it from offending anyone until a commission decides what to do with it. The mayor, Esther Manheimer, says that […]

  • The End of the War in Western North Carolina

    Rob Neufeld, a writer for the Asheville Citizen-Times, pens an excellent article about the closing days of the war here in Western NC. I have already linked to a previous article about the last Confederate victory here, but this time he takes up the sack of Asheville and the treatment of civilians in the area […]

  • Steam Trains and the Last Confederate Victory

    Sorry to be missing in action but several projects have left little time for blogging. However I did want to pass on a few items of interest. One is a lengthy look at the effect that steam trains had on warfare in the 19th Century. They were unknown to Napoleon and only began to be […]

  • Short Takes

    UPDATE II:  Amazon.com has a special on Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary—less than forty bucks today only! UPDATE: I watched an interview on After Words with David Kilcullen, a former Australian soldier and counterinsurgency adviser to US commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan on C-SPAN last night. It’s definitely worth watching not only for what’s going […]

  • Review: Fear in North Carolina

    Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family by Karen L. Clinard (Compiler), Richard Russell (Compiler) Paperback: 443 pages Publisher: Reminiscing Books; First edition (April 1, 2008) ISBN-10: 0979396131 ISBN-13: 978-0979396137 Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches Price: $29.95 Social history is very much in fashion these […]