Monthly Archives: November 2011

Lincoln exhibit in Knoxville

The National Constitution Center’s traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” is currently at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown Knoxville, along with some supplementary material from various historical collections in the region.  Go check it out if you have a chance.


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Have a holly, jolly fratricidal war

Hightstown, NJ boasts a Civil War monument dedicated (in the words of its inscription) to the memory of local men “who gave their lives as a sacrifice for their country and humanity.”  This year the local dignitaries have decided to jazz it up with some Yuletide cheer.

The project, called Lights on the Square, calls for strands of garland lit with different colors to be draped from the top of the monument and anchored on the ground, mimicking the shape of a traditional Christmas tree and establishing Monument Square as an additional town center and holiday celebration site.

The project will start Nov. 25 with a lighting ceremony that will include additional lights in surrounding trees.

Sounds about as classy as a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater.

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What the hey?

So somebody has just informed me that when they click on certain individual posts here at the blog, they’re seeing YouTube advertisements beneath the text.  I’m not seeing them, even when I sign out out of my WordPress account.  Is anybody out there seeing video ads under the text when they click on the titles of posts to read them individually?  Because it’s not supposed to be happening, and if it is, I need to figure out what the heck is going on.


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I’ve got a few remarks on the O’Reilly brouhaha

…over at the Abraham Lincoln Institute blog, in case anybody’s interested in reading them.

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Lincoln Tomb vandalized. Thanks, bean counters!

A disconcerting news item out of Illinois:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –  A statue on top of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb in Illinois is missing its sword for the second time in over a hundred years after thieves apparently made off with part of the copper sculpture, the State Journal-Register reported.

An employee at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Ill., noticed last week that the copper sword held by a replica of a Civil War artillery officer was missing.

According to the report, the sword was broken off at the handle, with no damage done to the rest of the artillery officer statue or the other statues in the group of four — representing the Civil War cavalry, infantry and navy — atop the tomb.

And how, you may ask, could such a thing happen?

He said the copper sword was likely stolen while the cemetery was closed, because “anyone who would have gone up would have been noticed by a worker” during the day.

The cemetery previously stationed an overnight security guard at the tomb, but the position was eliminated due to budget cuts.

For the wages of bureaucratic penny-pinching is the endangerment of historic resources.


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The military legacies of our conflicts with Canada

Eliot Cohen argues that the battles America fought along the corridor connecting New York with Canada shaped the way the U.S. has approached warfare down through the years.  Check out his editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, a sample of the arguments in his forthcoming book.

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Farragut marker lost and found?

And if found, could it be headed back to Tennessee?  Maybe so.

The property owner wasn’t obligated to put up with trespassers, of course, but handing over the marker to a third party instead of turning it over to the organization that originally dedicated it (and presumably paid for it) struck me as a downright lousy thing to do.

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