Queens at War: A Few Thoughts

March is Women’s History Month, and we thought it would be interesting to put a twist on one of last year’s most popular themes: historic queens. So, may we present the theme of the month for March 2019 at Gazette665? Queens at War.

Each Friday, we’ll introduce you to a historic queen, her life, the war[s] she was involved in, whether she got the country involved in conflict or she got caught in the middle, and how she attempted to lead. We’ll mention queens who went to battle and ones who fought the war through diplomacy and homefront efforts, leaving the actual battlefields to generals or the king. Continue reading

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Stop Here! Frontier Culture Museum

I love good living history centers! There’s nothing quite like seeing what life was like in by gone eras. So…if you’re in the Shenandoah Valley, be sure to add Frontier Culture Museum to your list of stops. Informative for adults and kids this site explores the regional history and cultural origins with engaging conversation,  restored buildings, farm fields, workshops, and real animals.

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1864: “That Speaks Volumes For The Bravery”

Jacksonville, Fla.,
Monday, Feb. 29, 1864.

Dear Sister L.:
You will probably see accounts of the battle of Olustee, or Ocean Pond, in the papers… Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman: A History In Quotations

Harriet Tubman is probably one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. After escaping slavery herself, she later returned year after year to the South to guide dozens of enslaved to freedom in the North and Canada.

The Harriet Tubman Historical Society has collected and verified a set of quotes by this remarkable woman, and using her words and photographs, we present a short history of her life and achievements. Continue reading

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Stop Here! Ashby Monument

If you’re a cavalry fan, then today’s stop is one site you won’t want to miss in the Shenandoah Valley. Or if you’re learning about Civil War history in the Valley, it’s also a significant spot.

Ever heard of Turner Ashby? He commanded Confederate cavalry for Stonewall Jackson  and created quite a name and reputation for himself. However, he didn’t live to see the end of the war, dying in battle in 1862 near Harrisonburg, Virginia. Today, a large granite marker memorializes his fall. Let’s stop and take a look… Continue reading

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1864: “We Celebrated The 22nd”

Feb. 15th
Receive a letter from Father. He says everything is bright and cheerful in the South and whatever suffering there may be it is not perceptible, but everyone appears to enjoy himself as though there was no war. (I suppose this is putting a good face over our misfortunes.) Every week a rumor is afloat about our leaving the island by way of an exchange of prisoners between the North and South.

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