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Civil War Trust provides excellent video introduction to Gettysburg

Gettysburg is so iconic — particularly because of the Gettysburg Address that Abraham Lincoln delivered four months after the battle — that we tend to lose sight of what it meant to the people who lived during the war.

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Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight tells KCWRT about the life of Champ Ferguson

Historian Brian McKnight, professor at the University of Virginia-Wise, told the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable on Tuesday that partisan fighter and Confederate outlaw Champ Ferguson was a man who saw the world as “black or white.”

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Images of Abraham Lincoln

What did Lincoln look like?

The 19th century was just as image conscious as our age, and one of the masters of image was Abraham Lincoln. The sidebar on page 389 of Journalism: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How tells about a famous photo of Lincoln that was used in the election campaign of 1860.

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Ayres Hall, University of Tennessee, watercolor by Jim Stovall, 5/2016

Swag for the Front Page Follies, 2016, part 3

A watercolor of Ayres Hall on the University of Tennessee campus was one of my contributions to the silent auction for the Front Page Follies  last year, and a couple of people told me they bid on it unsuccessfully. Well, this year they get another shot. This is a watercolor of the big building at the top of […]

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Deskset, cherry; box, cherry and walnut

Swag for the Front Page Follies, 2016, part 2

The desk set, consisting of a pen, letter opener and magnifying glass, were all turned from wood from a wild cherry tree that once stood on Chilhowee Mountain in Blount County. It’s another of my contributions to the silent auction for the Front Page Follies, which is happening in a couple of weeks. The presentation box […]

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Cades Cove in winter, watercolor

Swag for the Front Page Follies, 2016, part 1

The Front Page Follies is happening in a couple of weeks, and I am donating a couple of items to the silent auction. One is this watercolor, Cades Cove in winter, which I completed this week. The Front Page Follies is the annual musical revue and roast of politicians and events from the previous year. […]

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The Silent Sentinels outside the White House, 1917

In which I answer the question, “What’s next?”, part 2: the suffrage ladies and me

The suffrage ladies may not be done with me. Those were the women who, between 1910 and 1920, affected the most profound change in the make-up of the electorate in the history of the Republic. In 2013, Seeing Suffrage was published by the University of Tennessee Press. The book was about the 1913 Washington suffrage […]

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Blue Angels streak across the pasture for fourth straight day

Few sights get the blood to pumping or raise the goosebumps on your skin like the sight of a sleek Navy fighter jet streaking across the sky. When the jet is streaking across the treeline of your pasture, the heart pumps faster. When you get six of them — the pilots performing with mathematical precision […]

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Blue Angels practice — over our pasture

These shots of the Blue Angels were taken from in front of my shop as they practiced for the Smoky Mountain Air Show this weekend.

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Mountain View UMC, watercolor

In which I answer the question “What’s next?”, part 1

Not that there is a wildfire of burning interest about this topic out there. Most folks, I suspect, will shrug, and if they think anything at all, they will think, “Well, it’s about time.”

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