Monthly Archives: April 2013

Public invitation from Danville Masons Sunday, April 7

Danville’s Masonic Hall receives historic preservation grant Washburn Masonic Lodge#92, located on beautiful Danville Green for the past 119 years, is pleased to announce a historical Preservation Grant made possible by a partnership between the Freeman Foundation and the Preservation … Continue reading

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Man on a Ladder

Gordon W. Bess–Danville’s oldest man at 92 and climbing By Sharon Lakey For photo album, gathered and shared by Linda Bess, Gordon and Gerry’s daughter,  click here: Gordon Bess Gordon Bess is an organized man. He credits this to his twenty-year … Continue reading

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April, 1863–The North Star Takes a Shot at Thurlow Weed and Laments the Firing of Gen. George McClellan

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Desperation over the war effort continued to be one of main themes in the North Star’s reporting and opinion columns. The paper’s commentary also brings its political stripes into clearer focus. April 4, 1863 … Continue reading

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March 1863–Amidst Unspeakable Cruelty, the North Star Struggles with Desperation, Racism and Hope

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society March 7,1863 North Star, Our Negro Troops Our New Orleans correspondent confirms the rumors which have been current as to difficulties between the white and black regiments at Ship Island and Baton Rouge in … Continue reading

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February 1863–Was the Danville North Star a Copperhead?

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society The North Star was not abolitionist. During the War, political positions arose along a continuum. On one end of the spectrum were Radical Abolitionists, who saw slavery as a moral imperative that must triumph … Continue reading

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January 1863–Congress Looks Into Fredericksburg Amid Low Public Confidence

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society The events of late fall – early winter had brought the North to a low point. Although the army experienced some success in the West, the war in the Virginia theatre had seen one … Continue reading

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Arnold D. Langmaid, Danville’s oldest man number two

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the Society awarded the second oldest man living in Danville award to Arnold D. Langmaid of North Danville. He is our number two oldest, because we had missed him in our earlier search for Danville’s … Continue reading

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