July 13, 2013 |
REHAB, Egypt - As fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo intensified last fall, Khalid Sabbagh decided it was time to move his business abroad. He and his family had already fled months earlier to the safety of this palm-tree-lined Cairo suburb. But as Aleppo, once Syria's commercial hub, descended further into the warfare that has ravaged much of his nation, Sabbagh finally decided to move his upholstery factory to Egypt and start anew. Since antigovernment activists began their struggle to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011, more than 1.6 million Syrians have fled the fighting, many to neighboring countries where they wait to return to their homes.
July 7, 2013
True meaning of Gettysburg The words in the article on Gettysburg touched me deeply ["A Town That Never Forgets" by Catharine Hamm, June 30]. The heart-wrenching graphic details brought an important time in our country's history to life for me. And the closing words, "Nearly 54,000 days after Lincoln's death, this country is still alive," filled me with pride. Thank you for a wonderful tribute. Lora Crommett San Marcos Your story about what happened seven score and 10 years ago is timely, as we mark the Fourth of July and empower new leadership in Los Angeles.
July 1, 2013 |
When you're you're with Civil War reenactors, it's sometimes hard to remember what era you're in. I was invited to join the Confederate contingent as an observer to see the war play out. It is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and we are in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania when I realize there are still moments when I've lost track of time. I forget about ice, water, the summer heat and how badly I need a shower. In the 1860s, those wouldn't have been such pressing concerns.
June 30, 2013 |
VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War. "Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln. "This war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.... " There's a reason Natchez, Miss., an hour and a half south of Vicksburg, has more stately antebellum mansions today than Vicksburg, which has a few lovelies of its own. When Union troops knocked at Natchez's door in the spring of 1862, it practically laid down and rolled over.
June 29, 2013 |
How do you pack for the Civil War? Heavily, very heavily indeed. I'm about to join a reenactment at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and I have to look the part, not of a cavalryman like the rest of my outfit, but of a civilian observer. I'll be depicting what I might have been in 1863 Pennsylvania -- a war correspondent embedded with a unit of Confederate cavalry. Why Confederate? Because the Union didn't ask. Ten years ago, through a friend, this unit invited me to camp with them at the 140th anniversary reenactment.
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June 28, 2013 |
A former Santa Ana mayor turned headstone hunter, Gordon Bricken explored Orange County cemeteries to document how many Civil War veterans were buried there -- and then set out to tell their tales. One astonishing story: The influx of hundreds of soldiers to the region following war's end in 1865 included virtually all of the leaders of a movement that forever changed the local landscape. "All these Confederate veterans, the story goes, succeeded in getting their secession," Bricken later said, "by getting Orange County to secede from L.A.," in 1889.
June 27, 2013 |
Set in upstate New York during the Civil War, "Copperhead" is an adaption of an 1893 Harold Frederic novel that concerns itself not with North versus South so much as the less-discussed disagreements among those ostensibly on the same side of history. Farmer Abner Beech (Billy Campbell) is against slavery but also opposes the war and sending local boys off to fight it, whereas Jee Hagadorn (Angus MacFadyen) believes ending slavery is worth any sacrifice and turns many of the local townspeople against Beech.
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June 21, 2013 |
Members of the Salvadoran community in Los Angeles realized a long-awaited dream Saturday when groundbreaking began on a plaza to honor Msgr. Oscar A. Romero, a Catholic archbishop who was slain in 1980 during El Salvador's civil war. Romero, an outspoken advocate for the poor and a revered figure for many Central Americans, was shot while celebrating Mass by an assassin with suspected ties to right-wing government security forces. El Salvador's bloody 12-year civil war claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked an exodus of Salvadorans.
June 12, 2013 |
A bit of good news for roots-music fans bummed out by Tuesday's announcement that Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane had undergone brain surgery : The Civil Wars are back with a new single. That might surprise you, given that late last year -- following big sales of its 2011 debut, "Barton Hollow"; multiple Grammy Award wins; and a hit collaboration with Taylor Swift from the "Hunger Games" soundtrack -- the duo abruptly canceled a tour, citing "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.
June 7, 2013 |
There's been a skirmish or two in the comments on my recent Op-Ed article on the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library in Biloxi, Miss . One commenter -- "Oceaneagle" -- pointed out that some thousands of blacks did serve in the Confederate army. Is that enough to undermine my claim that an emphasis on black Rebels is “nonsense”? I'd like to start my answer by saying a bit more about Richard Forte, the Davis library's chairman of the board and my tour guide during my visit.