Category Archives: Historical events

April, 1864–“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Can Never Hurt Me”

The Fort Pil­low Mas­sacre Proves the lie of this child­ish notion By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Danville North Star April 23, 1864 The Fort Pil­low Mas­sacre Wash­ing­ton, April 16 — Yes­ter­day after­noon dis­patches were received from Gen­eral Sher­man regard­ing the … Con­tinue read­ing

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March 1864–The Richmond Boondoggle and Tales of Assassination

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Union Brigadier Gen­eral Hugh Jud­son Kil­patrick had big plans and even big­ger dreams. In des­per­a­tion, Lin­coln approved a raid by the 1st Ver­mont Cal­vary upon Rich­mond that even the Com­man­der of the Army didn’t … Con­tinue read­ing

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February, 1864–The General and His Demons

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety A com­pli­cated fam­ily and men­tal ill­ness pushed and pulled a man who became one of the most accom­plished gen­er­als in the Civil War. The news was slow in Feb­ru­ary ’64: Lincoln’s Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion decree, free­ing … Con­tinue read­ing

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The Largest Refugee Crises Ever Created on the American Continent

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Civil War his­tory often gives short shrift to the fact that the con­flict pre­cip­i­tated the largest refugee cri­sis ever seen on the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent. Before we read Danville’s North Star reports for Jan­u­ary of 1864, … Con­tinue read­ing

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Annual Celebratory Burn at Greenbank’s

Come join Hol­lis Prior and Dave Hous­ton on Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 12 at 1:00, to help cel­e­brate and honor the work that has been done at the his­toric park in Greenbank’s Hol­low. There will be the tra­di­tional bon­fire, burn­ing brush that … Con­tinue read­ing

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Celebrating a Pioneer Journey

By Patty Conly, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety A large and enthu­si­as­tic crowd enjoyed Autumn On (tem­porar­ily off) the Green, held on Sun­day, Octo­ber 6, despite the threat­en­ing gray skies and cool tem­per­a­tures of early Octo­ber. The weather, how­ever, was not a … Con­tinue read­ing

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Dec 1863–Fugitive Slave Law Schizophrenia in the North, King Cotton Implodes in the South and the Civil War is not Over

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety The oblig­a­tion of states to return run­away slaves was writ­ten into the Con­sti­tu­tion; how­ever, the issue became a bar­gain­ing chip in the great Com­pro­mise of 1850 and con­tin­ued to be a light­ning rod between … Con­tinue read­ing

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Nov 1863–Confederate Spies Caught in a Sting, the Illinois Legislature Suspended, and the Women of Richmond Go Hungr

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Although part of the alliance of North­ern states, Illi­nois, espe­cially the south­ern por­tion of Lincoln’s home state, was a hotbed of rebel sen­ti­ment. Not only was it a place where plots against its sis­ter … Con­tinue read­ing

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October, 1863–Lincoln Pleads for Volunteers; Vermont Sends Blacks Back to Africa

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Danville’s son, rad­i­cal abo­li­tion­ist con­gress­man Thad­deus Stevens, con­tin­ued his litany of fiery rhetoric exco­ri­at­ing the South and the exas­per­ated Union­ist paper responded. Octo­ber 3, 1863 Danville North Star Thad­deus Stevens, of Penn­syl­va­nia, recently made a … Con­tinue read­ing

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September 1863–New Depths of Inhumanity Attained, Southern Noose Tightens and Wiggles

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Sep­tem­ber brought news about how the Union dealt with its desert­ers. Two men on oppo­site sides, whose twisted souls were fired ear­lier in the caul­dron that was the Kansas-Missouri Bor­der War, led their “troops” … Con­tinue read­ing

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