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A Confederate-Yankee Mystery | Shared Blog By Michael C. Hardy


By Michael C. Hardy

Michael C. Hardy is the 2010 North Carolina Historian of the Year. He specializes in writing about North Carolina and Civil War history. You can learn more about him by checking out his web page at:

He probably started off as a Confederate soldier, deserted, joined the Union army, and even had a fort named for him. But when it comes to the life of William W. Rollins, plenty of questions remain.

The 2016 Election, Populists, & Greenbacks

By Chris Graham
Greenback America Guest Curator

On the BackStory podcast, the History Guys offered a “short take” on the election results. In searching through historical antecedents for the movement that propelled Donald Trump, Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh considered George Wallace and Huey Long, but I think they found the best analogy in the Populist movement of the 1880s and 1890s. The Populists felt, according to Ayers, that

Capitol Square Offers Additional History Just Minutes From Our Locations in Richmond

We recently sent our marketing intern Will over to the Virginia Capitol to deliver some brochures and experience the grounds as a visitor so that he could provide tips to Museum guests that might want to add to their Civil War experience in Richmond. Here is his report.

Looking for even more history after visiting the Museum’s two downtown Richmond sites? Take a walk over to the Virginia State Capitol.


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