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Comments of the Day

May 10th, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Not all of the feedback we receive here at the encyclopedia is negative or ridiculous. Case in point: a reader of our entry on Mary-Cooke Branch Munford had this to say: Thank you for this excellent article about Mary Munford. This site appears to be a tremendous resource for information about Virginia’s colorful history. I […]

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Comments of the Day

May 8th, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Some reader feedback—all fresh this week—that we’re taking to heart. In response to our entry on desertion during the Civil War: Thanks for the advisement. You’re welcome, of course. File this next comment, left on our George Pickett entry, under “How We Know Students Are Using Our Resource”: omg helped me soooooo much for a […]

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Comment of the Day

May 3rd, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

From a reader of our Pocahontas entry: completely filled with things I did not need Like most of the Internet, right? IMAGE: Jessica Biel as Pocahontas (FunCram)

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‘It wasn’t very helpful about Thomas Jefferson honestly'; also, ‘Can you kill me?’

May 2nd, 2013 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

If you scroll way down to the bottom of one of our entries, you’ll find a feedback box. Tell us what you think; your name and e-mail address are optional. The feedback goes straight to our in-boxes here at Encyclopedia Virginia, and sometimes it points us to mistakes we had missed. For instance, this note […]

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Feedback: Intellectually Disappointing

December 5th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 2 Comments

Richard Dixon, of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, has read our entry on Sally Hemings and finds it wanting: This biographical account of the obscure Sally Hemings is intellectually disappointing. You assigned the task for this account to an author who has a conflict of interest. Virginia Scharff has just released a book committed to […]

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Feedback: No, I Don’t Like! (Cont’d)

November 8th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

First we published some whimsical drawings of United States presidents—a collaboration between the artist Jason Novak and his eighteen-month-old daughter Gertie. Then a reader complained—”I would hate to think any of my donations were going to pay anybody’s salaries for this”—and now, on our Facebook page, the Mr. Novak has weighed in: Though it might […]

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Feedback: No, I Don’t Like!

November 1st, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 1 Comment

A Facebook “friend” of Encyclopedia Virginia left the following comment on a post linking to yesterday’s blog item featuring father-daughter collaborative drawings of all the United States presidents (like the one above of Woodrow Wilson): No, I don’t like and I am still trying to figure out the relevance of this posting. Who there continues […]

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Feedback: Still Concerned Over Here

October 17th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

A reader left the following comment attached to our entry on the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia, which states that while the Klan still exists in the state, “there has been little public notice or concern of them since the late 1960s.” Clearly, you do not live in Wythe or Bland Counties in Virginia. I […]

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Feedback: You’re No Weather Channel

October 5th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

A skeptical reader left the following comment on our entry about weather during the Civil War: I really don’t believe that this is the real weather that happened during the Civil War, so PLEASE tell the truth and be honest about it. We would respond, but words fail. IMAGE: The Mud March by Mort Künstler

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Feedback; or, the Real Truth About Democrats

September 5th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

An anonymous reader has this to say about our entry on the poll tax: Why do you neglect to mention anything about party affiliations when the Democrats were involved in fighting to keep slavery? From our entry: In 1876, the state’s Conservative Party (which soon became the Democratic Party) succeeded in amending the state constitution, for […]

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Feedback: Better Gay History, Please

June 7th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Edward Strickler of Albemarle County would like the encyclopedia to do a better job of writing about gays and lesbians in Virginia history. Here is what he told us: I am researching some issues of sexuality—and particularly homosexuality—in Virginia history. I, and others I am sure, are disappointed that the Encyclopedia has so little. Issues […]

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Feedback: A Common-Sense View of Slavery

April 10th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 2 Comments

A reader named Jamie Spivey left us the following response to our Lost Cause entry (emphasis added): The academic analysis always misses the common sense analysis. It was not a “Civil War” at all since the South had no intention of displacing the Union government. If consent was required for ratification of the Union, then […]

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Finding Paquiquineo

April 10th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 1 Comment

I mentioned earlier the power of just seeing a name printed on paper. There is information to be found, for instance, in a census record, but there is more to it than that. Just seeing a name matters somehow. This reminded me of Paquiquineo—certainly one of the most fascinating figures in all of Virginia history. […]

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Feedback: You Guys Are Terrible!

March 27th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Reader David Bryant commented on our entry on the American Civil War in Virginia: Please tell me that no public funds are used to support this site or the VFH. This type of historical propaganda does such great harm by disseminating half-truths and pandering opinions. I realize that there are some Virginians who feel the […]

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Betty, Nicketti, and Necotowance

February 7th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 30 Comments

Hontas Farmer, a graduate student at DePaul University, has briefly set aside her interest in quantum physics in order to take issue with our entry on Princess Nicketti, written by Helen C. Rountree. First, a bit of background: Princess Nicketti is the name given to a Virginia Indian woman believed by some to have been […]

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Feedback: “Hey, I know that guy!”

October 19th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Yesterday, hundreds of people clicked on our post about black Confederates. One of those people, a friend of mine recently of Charlottesville, even watched the segment from History Detectives we linked to and, whaddya know, she recognized a photograph of her own relative! That’s him seated there with his giant sword, his hat at a […]

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Feedback: “Get a life and stop being so PC!”

October 18th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · 7 Comments

A reader named John Stones has replied to our entry on black Confederates: I am sure that many US service members that were drafted down through the years would not have done so voluntarily, either. Their service was just as “coerced” but I’m sure they were/are all seen as soldiers! Get a life and stop […]

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In Which We Delve Far Too Deeply into Petty Augers, Only to Find No One Is Left Reading

July 12th, 2011 by Brendan Wolfe · 3 Comments

The other day, alert reader Marc Anderson noticed the phrase “Petty Auger” in one of Landon Carter’s diary entries. “I’m assuming the transcriber was not familiar with near the same name ‘periauger’? … the boat,” Anderson wrote, referring to the fact that the word means dugout canoe, such as what is being constructed by the […]

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A Matter of Dates

April 21st, 2010 by Matthew · No Comments

I received an anonymous comment last night related to our Henry “Box” Brown entry: The date Henry Brown entered his box was March 29th, not March 23rd as written on this web page. While one might believe with all credibility that the 29th is the correct date (after all Brown writes in his own narrative […]

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Letter: Jeff Davis in Petticoats?

December 7th, 2009 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

A reader objects to our image caption describing Northern depictions of the capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davis at the end of the Civil War. After Davis was finally tracked down by Union cavalry in Georgia and hauled back to Fort Monroe in Virginia, many Northern newspapers reported that he had been disguised in women’s […]

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Letter: 'Isn't there anything anyone can do'

November 10th, 2009 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

Feedback from a reader of our Buck v. Bell entry whose aunt, like Carrie Buck, was institutionalized at the Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded in Lynchburg: I have an Aunt that was placed at this same place for the same reason,she will be 87 next month, she is the only one left from […]

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Letters: Why Do You Hate Robert E. Lee?

August 27th, 2009 by Brendan Wolfe · No Comments

For the last several weeks, we have excerpted our Robert E. Lee entry into separate Virginia Vignettes: Was Lee Called Robert, Bob, or R. E.? What Did Robert E. Lee Think About Slavery? Was There a Downside to Robert E. Lee’s Bold Generalship? What Was Robert E. Lee Like After the Civil War? The Vignettes […]

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Letter: The South Started It!

August 3rd, 2009 by Brendan Wolfe · 4 Comments

The following objection was recently submitted by a reader in response to our entry on the Virginia Convention of 1861. In writing about the machinations of the secession convention in Richmond, we write: “Ominously for the Unionists, the vote came a week after Lincoln ended his vacillation over what to do and resolved to send […]

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