The Weighty Days of April

On April 12th 1865 The Army of Northern Virginia is disbanded near Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee signed a document of surrender to Union General Ulysses Grant on April 9th. The parole of the Confederate Army's officers and men inspires a series of surrenders, signaling the end of the Civil... Continue Reading →


R.M.S. “Titanic” at 105: Why We Still Care

It was 105 years ago this Monday that Royal Mail Steamship "Titanic," the world's largest and most luxurious liner, set sail from Southampton, England on its maiden voyage, more than a century since the supposedly "unsinkable" ship met her demise in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Much like the first world war, the... Continue Reading →

Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

(Thomas) Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States (1913-1921), was born in Staunton, Virginia on December 28, 1856, son of a Presbyterian minister. He spent much of his boyhood in the south (a boyhood home stands in Columbia, South Carolina). His foray into politics began with a successful bid for the governorship of New... Continue Reading →

The President’s Legacy: Wilson at 100

One hundred years ago today, on April 2, 1917, the President asked for war on Germany. Addressing a special joint session of Congress, 28th President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) famously declared that "the world must be made safe for democracy. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and... Continue Reading →

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