Uncommon Valor

Lt. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain describes the horrific night of December 13th, 1862 at the base of Marye’s Heights. Fredericksburg, Virginia- December 14, 1862 “But out of that silence rose new sounds more appalling still; a strange ventriloquism, of which you could not locate the source, a smothered moan, as if a thousand discords wereContinue reading “Uncommon Valor”

Jefferson Bible Exists

Despite the best efforts of pseudo-historians to argue otherwise, Jefferson’s personal bible is on display at the Smithsonian’s American History museum. Religiously motivated writers do their best to portray Jefferson as a devout Christian despite the historical record.  Jefferson’ s religious beliefs were a deeply personal matter and he shared them with few. “Our particularContinue reading “Jefferson Bible Exists”

Jefferson on Love

A periodic look into the mind of Jefferson Jefferson loved two women in his life… both brought him periods of blissful happiness and profound sadness.  Through all the sadness, Jefferson’s optimism could always be felt-  He told his second love, Maria Cosway in 1786: “Heaven has submitted our being to some unkind laws.  When thoseContinue reading “Jefferson on Love”

On Impeachment

Should the current Chief Executive be worried? Supporters of corrupt Presidents, from Andrew Johnson to Bill Clinton… all use the same erroneous argument about the Impeachment provision of the Constitution.  “But he didn’t commit a high crime!”      If only our Framers had specific indictable crimes in mind when they included… the all important ImpeachmentContinue reading “On Impeachment”

Confederate Monument Dilemma

Practically Historical Offers the Following Solutions The Confederate flag should never be flown over government buildings or property The Confederate flag should not be banned Monuments to Confederate leaders, political or military, should not be kept on government or public property Monuments dedicated to unnamed soldiers who fought for the Confederacy should be allowed onContinue reading “Confederate Monument Dilemma”

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