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Civil War Fort Stephens Battle Anniversary

The National Park Service hosted events today to make the 154th anniversary of the battle of Fort Stephens in Washington, D.C.  A Confederate army commanded by Jubal Early briefly entered the District of Columbia and skirmished before the Union fortifications before retreating.   I will be writing more on this battle and campaign shortly. Mounted U.S. Park Police were […]

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Democracy versus Liberty

Trump’s presidency is helping Americans recognize that voting is no guarantee for individual liberty. This is perhaps the most frequently forgotten lesson in politics.  Many liberals were convinced that Obama’s election somehow made Americans’ constitutional rights safe, while many conservatives believed that Al Gore’s defeat in 2000 provided the same windfall.  In reality, no president can be […]

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My Cannoneering, Then and Now

The photo on the left is from a family visit to the Gettysburg battlefield in 1966.  The photo on the right is from this past weekend at the Fredericksburg, Va. battlefield.  The main difference is that I long since abandoned the Confederate cap for an “F Troop” style hat.   Plus, the beard.  Okay, and maybe […]

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FFF: Forgotten Civil War Atrocities Breed More Carnage

This is the 150th anniversary of General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.  Many commentators are touting Lee’s surrender as a triumph for freedom.  While it was a great blessing that slavery ended, the Civil War set precedents for ignoring atrocities that continue to bedevil America.  Here’s a piece from the January issue of The Future of […]

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Military History Now: Sheridan’s Scorched Earth Campaign — The Union Army’s Forgotten War Crime

  Nathan Millet, the editor of MilitaryHistoryNow.com, today posted my article on Sheridan’s 1864 burning of the Shenandoah Valley. MilitaryHistoryNow.Com, February 2, 2015 Sheridan’s Scorched Earth Campaign — The Union Army’s Forgotten War Crime by James Bovard GEORGE ORWELL WROTE in 1945 that “the nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his […]

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American Tariffs and Wars From the Revolution to the Depression

Mises Institute / Mises Daily American Tariffs and Wars From the Revolution to the Depression by James Bovard Fair trade is once again a rallying cry for many Americans. Many contemporary leftists believe that the U.S. government should impose restrictions or tariffs on imported goods that are alleged to have been produced by underpaid or […]

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FFF: How Tariffs Helped Cause the Civil War and Other Disasters

from the Future of Freedom Foundation’s monthly magazine, July 2014 –   – (The first part of this analysis was published by FFF here).  For a far more detailed examination of the role of tariffs and the Civil War, see Michael Griffith’s excellent analysis here.    The full text of the February 1861 New York Times editorial […]

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