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Aug
17
by JPK Huson 1863 at 8:05 AM
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ring cupid birds ring.jpg
" Love-sick swains - Compose rush rings and myrtleberry chains - And stuck with glorious king cups, and bonnets - Adorn'd with lawrell slips, chaunt their love sonnets. "

Rush rings braided from perishable grasses were once a signal a couple was not married. They were enjoying a less legally binding relationship under the same roof, rush rings signaling a lack of permanence. We've evolved quite a...
Aug
17
by lelliott19 at 9:14 PM
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Sarah Jackson Powell Smith Elliott house Nansemond VA.JPG
Suffolk, Virginia and Habersham County, Georgia are separated by nearly 500 miles, and yet they are connected. It was on March 27, 1862, in this Suffolk house, that Sarah J. Elliott sat down to write a letter to an anxious father in Georgia. The letter began, "It is my painful duty to inform you of the death of your son, John."

Suffolk, Virginia
March 27, 1862

Mr. Dawkins,
It is my...
Aug
17
by Sorah_45thVA at 10:32 PM
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41255a463c8d5a32fb721066ec9d21f1.jpg Yesterday marked the 156 year since the battle of Cedar Mountain (or Slaughter Mtn.) Not only was this engagement the final instalment of Jackson's Valley Greatness but it was the opening act of the transition to Second Manasssas and ultimately Antitem. My fifth Great Grandfather (Burrell B. Sorah; 37th Virginia Infantry Co.A) was with Jackson during his mythical jaunt around Shenandoah Valley and gave the...
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