Dec 072019
 

The Civil War had dragged on for four long, bloody years, laying the countryside to waste and taking a terrible toll on both soldiers and civilians. By the early days of 1865, it was apparent to Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the end was near. On February 8, 1865 he sent a message to […]

The Trip Home, Day #3

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Nov 172019
 

Note: I have already shared some of our activities while we were in Ohio and the trip there from Florida in previous blog posts. Now I will do several posts telling you a bit about our trip home. We were glad we got out of the Midwest when we did because winter arrived about the […]

Let Freedom Ring

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 082019
 

Besides the flag, no one item symbolizes American freedom more than the Liberty Bell. Pictured on postage stamps, coins, and posters, this icon represents all that is good about our country. But there are things you may not know about the Liberty Bell. Hung in the State House in Philadelphia in 1753, the bell was […]

Sep 292018
 

It has been said that when President Abraham Lincoln met author Harriet Beecher Stowe, he said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” While there is some debate as to whether or not those words were ever spoken, there is no question that Stowe’s famous book Uncle Tom’s […]

The Little Drummer Boy

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 172017
 

Note: This story about the youngest Civil War soldier in the Union Army is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. When President Abraham Lincoln called for 100,000 volunteers to fill the ranks of the Union Army in 1861, long lines of men and boys streamed into recruiting centers across the nation. Local […]

Hidden Treasures

 Posted by at 12:13 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 132014
 

Years ago we met a couple who had been fulltiming for a year and were going to get off the road because they had seen everything there was to see in the entire country. And that included a trip to Alaska! The husband said they left Seattle June 1st and were back July 4th. “The […]

Stratford Hall

 Posted by at 12:58 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 132012
 

The Lee family has lived in and been a part of Virginia history since long before America became an independent nation. The first of the long line of Lees to help shape the region was Thomas Lee, who at just 21 years of age was appointed agent for the Proprietary of the Northern Neck, making […]