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"You grab a mad dog by the ears when you butt into a quarrel that’s none of your business." --Proverbs 26:17
"You grab a mad dog by the ears when you butt into a quarrel that’s none of your business." --Proverbs 26:17

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The pun is mightier than the sword
     We're having a headline party over at my other blog, The Stoneman Gazette .      Feel free to drop in. Admission is free.

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Putting heads on Civil War tales
     They don't make headlines like they used to.      As dying newspapers lay off copy editors, we may never see another headline like the one Vincent Musetto wrote for the New York Daily News in 1983—acclaimed as the greatest headline in New York newspape...

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Memorial Day: 'Your Dear Son is Dead'
Union private Oliver Stebbins      The Civil War was nearly over when John and Charlotte Stebbins of Three Rivers, Michigan, sent their oldest son Oliver to join the Union Army.      He enlisted Feb. 17, 1865, in the 11th Michigan Cavalry, which was one of ...

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Reasons for the war? How quickly they forget
      This is not the first time the President has needed a history lesson on the Civil War.      It also happened in May 1865, when the Yankees were still chasing the fugitive Confederate president Jefferson Davis across Georgia.       Here's a link to our...

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Joan Baez got more mileage out of Stoneman's Raid than the general himself. Congratulations on her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. #joanbaez   #rockandrollhalloffame  

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'Till Stoneman's Cavalry came'
     Congratulations to Joan Baez on being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Her signature song and biggest hit, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," referenced Stoneman's Raid. Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danvil...

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Riddler on the roof: When N.C. came out on top
When Franch botanist Andre Michaux stood here on Grandfather Mountain on August 30, 1794, he euphorically declared, "Reached the summit of the highest mountain of all North America, and with my companion and guide sang the Marseillaise and shouted, 'Long li...

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Remember when N.C. voted to save the Union?
     Four days before the inauguration of Abraham Lincoln, North Carolina held a statewide referendum to decide whether to secede from the Union.       A foregone conclusion, you might guess. Ten other southern states had already seceded, foremost among the...

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