Michael C. Hardy is the 2010 North Carolina Historian of the Year. He specializes in writing about North Carolina and Civil War history. You can learn more about him by checking out his web page at: michaelchardy.com
He probably started off as a Confederate soldier, deserted, joined the Union army, and even had a fort named for him. But when it comes to the life of William W. Rollins, plenty of questions remain.
On the BackStory podcast, the History Guys offered a “short take” on the election results. In searching through historical antecedents for the movement that propelled Donald Trump, Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh considered George Wallace and Huey Long, but I think they found the best analogy in the Populist movement of the 1880s and 1890s. The Populists felt, according to Ayers, that
By Patrick Saylor Director, Marketing Communications
This weekend, many Americans engaged in a ritual that occurs each fall as the days grow shorter. Specifically, we turned our clocks back one hour as we return from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time.
We recently sent our marketing intern Will over to the Virginia Capitol to deliver some brochures and experience the grounds as a visitor so that he could provide tips to Museum guests that might want to add to their Civil War experience in Richmond. Here is his report.
Looking for even more history after visiting the Museum’s two downtown Richmond sites? Take a walk over to the Virginia State Capitol.
The following correspondence between Nelson A. Miles and the War Department in Washington regards the imprisonment, health, and welfare of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America. Nelson A. Miles was the general in charge of Fort Monroe, Virginia, where Jefferson Davis was imprisoned in a casemate and under constant supervision by Northern soldiers. These letters tell the story of changes in Jefferson Davis’ imprisonment over a week in late July, 1865.