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Thaddeus Stevens Post Office renaming program

FINAL PROGRAM w BG (1)

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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 … 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, … 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 … Continue reading

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