“Founders’ Son”: The Fathers in Abraham Lincoln’s Life

When Abraham Lincoln departed his Springfield, Illinois home in 1861, to be inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States, he told his friends and neighbors that the task before him was “more difficult than that which devolved upon General Washington.” One could argue the historical accuracy of that claim, but all must agree […]

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

On December 25, 2013, in Belief, Carols, Christmas, Civil War, Faith, God, History, Jesus Christ, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased. Peace on earth, good will to men—this the message of Christmas. But in a world filled with wars and rumors of war the words from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s beloved Christmas carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” […]

Gettysburg, the Union, and the Fourth of July

On July 4, 2013, in Abraham Lincoln, America, Civil War, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, History, July 4, Liberty, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Robert E. Lee and his army were soaked through when they marched south on the morning of July 4, 1863. The blood and sweat poured out over the past three days had been for naught. And the gloom of the Army of Northern Virginia matched the gloom of the weather. Lee had marched his more […]

God Bless Your Soul Sister, I will be Stiff All Over: A Civil War Letter

On May 27, 2013, in America, Civil War, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

The Civil War consumed some 600,000 lives. Most of these died, not due to direct wounds suffered in battle but due to infections contracted in filthy hospitals and from camp diseases—typhoid fever, dysentery, and smallpox just to name a few. Hundreds of thousands more came home shattered limbs and shattered spirits. On the home front, […]