November 23, 1986 |
An unknown Confederate soldier, killed during a skirmish in Virginia in 1862, was awarded South Carolina's highest honor Saturday and buried in his home state. A horse-drawn wagon carried the soldier's coffin, draped with a Confederate battle flag, from the Statehouse, down Main Street to a cemetery where other unknown soldiers of the Civil War are buried. In a ceremony on the Statehouse steps, Lt. Gov.
February 3, 1991 |
There are fears that at least some of the 11 U.S. Marines killed in action in the fighting along the Kuwaiti-Saudi Arabian border last week and another Marine in a convoy may have been struck down by friendly fire. While it will not be known for sure until the battle has been thoroughly investigated, the sad truth is that such incidents are not unusual on the battlefield. In the Civil War, for example, one of the South's most famous generals, Thomas J.
January 9, 2000 |
At the wheel of his German luxury sedan, William F. Chaney cuts off the main road through Sharpsburg, Md., and makes his assault up a grassy hill near the spot where the Battle of Antietam began. Over to the left, he says, extending his arm out the window, is the sunken road that had earned the name Bloody Lane when the fighting stopped.
March 28, 1988 |
They're calling it the third great battle of Manassas. It was here, in the rolling hills and open fields overlooking Bull Run creek, that 35,000 cocksure Union troops were routed in July, 1861, by a surprisingly strong Confederate force in the first battle of the Civil War. A year later, Confederate Gen. Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson reputedly earned his nickname in another major clash on the site.
January 14, 1990 |
Lawrence Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves, stood here Saturday in the one-time capital of the Confederacy and took the oath of office as governor of Virginia--the first elected black governor in U.S. history. Bracing against a bright winter chill, Wilder, 58, a Democrat and one-time Richmond lawyer who served a term as lieutenant governor before winning the state's highest office last November, conceded during his inauguration speech that it was a moment to savor.
June 27, 1996 |
Ending the reign of single-sex public colleges, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the admissions policy is unconstitutional at the nation's last state college whose doors were closed to women. On a 7-1 vote, the justices said that Virginia Military Institute must admit qualified women and made clear that public schools can separate students based on gender only if there are "exceedingly persuasive" reasons for doing so.