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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
The Civil War experience has been preserved over the past 150 years through a variety of media: books, newspaper accounts, films, drawings, paintings, diaries, artifacts and ... quilts. The quilting form will be discussed and displayed Sunday at the Captain Avery Museum in Shady Side, as Mavis Slawson, a textile historian and docent at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, in Frederick, gives a presentation Sept. 8 on "Civil War Soldiers and Their Quilts. " Slawson said she hoped to convey that quilts provided more than just physical comfort to soldiers in the Civil War - they were also a source of emotional and spiritual solace for men who were a long way from home and in harm's way. "Many of these quilts had special meaning to the soldiers in the field or in the hospitals," said Slawson, a Columbia resident who is not only well-versed in the history of Civil War quilts but is an accomplished quilter herself.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
On a Civil War battlefield where tens of thousands of men clashed fifteen decades ago, eight Ku Klux Klan members unfurled their group's banner Saturday afternoon and called for a new uprising to oust President Barack Obama. The Klansmen — who jostled for numerical superiority with a herd of cows grazing nearby — were watched by officers from the United States Park Police and about 15 spectators, as one of them explained how he believes Obama's foreign, economic and immigration policies are threatening America.
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August 28, 2013
Once again, I am shocked by the blatantly biased treatment many media outlets continue to heap on the Republican Party ( "GOP struggles to overcome adversity," Aug. 23). The coverage of the appointment of two new state senators, one from Democratic Montgomery County, the other from the Republican Eastern Shore, has been decidedly slanted. In both cases there are furtive communications and ill-natured jockeying on all sides affecting the central committee decisions. However, as far as the media is concerned, all is good in Montgomery County, while there is a "virtual civil war" going on in the Republican Party.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 13, 2013
Editor:  I am writing in regards to the recent article published in The Aegis about the Civil War and my complete distaste for it. While I enjoy reading stories and articles about history, your article seemed to revere the Confederate soldiers. It is a complete a slap in the face to ANY American whose ancestors were slaves!  As I read it I wondered if you would have written the article for a Nazi soldier in the same fashion.  When anyone tries to whitewash the Holocaust they are immediately shunned, as they should be!
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July 14, 2013
Reporter Arthur Hirsch 's article on the recent article on the re-enactment at the 150 t h anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg included a familiar Civil War anecdote about a Confederate soldier who had been captured at Fort Donelson ("A defining day relived," July 2). Responding to a question from his Union captors, he famously answered, "We're fighting because y'all are down here. " As a source of empirical evidence, this tale invites profoundly misleading interpretation: There is a duty to disclose the message actually intended by a Rebel who spoke his answer fully seven months before Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
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By Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and William Reed and By Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham and William Reed | July 11, 2013
One argument in favor of the Obama administration's decision to arm the Syrian rebels is that the move will help create incentives for the Syrian government to negotiate a deal at a planned peace conference in Geneva. It's no secret that the balance of power in the past few weeks has shifted in favor of the Syrian regime, particularly after the regime regained control of the strategic town of Qusair. If the betting before was that time worked against President Bashar Assad, the military equation on the ground dramatically shifted the betting.
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July 9, 2013
Your article about Marylanders of Syrian descent imploring the U.S. government to provide humanitarian aid and arms to the Free Syrian Army correctly cited President Bashar Assad's ruthless attacks on his civilian opponents ("Marylanders helping cause in their Syrian homeland," July 7). Yet the report completely ignored the horrific slaughter of Christians by radical Islamist members of the FSA, whose stated goal is not just the ouster of Mr. Assad, but the imposition of strict Sharia law in Syria.
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July 6, 2013
Arthur Hirsch 's recent article about the Battle of Gettysburg reveals a disturbing ignorance of the political dynamics that brought this nation to a war that 150 years later remains the most cataclysmic event in our history ("A defining day relived," July 2). It accepts the shallow but unchallenged premise that the Civil War occurred because slavery was practiced in the South, and that righteous resolve to abolish the institution left the U.S. with no option other than a resort to arms.
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Susan Reimer | July 3, 2013
As we celebrate the birth by revolution of this country, let's take a moment to put some historical context to the actions of Edward Snowden and to consider whether he is a traitor or a patriot. Back in the 1780s, when everyone in America was by definition a traitor, a spy or an insurgent as far as England was concerned, the Founding Fathers included language in the Constitution that defined treason - the only crime so defined in the document - so that citizens could not be executed for merely speaking out against the country's leadership.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
Michael G. Rinn, a Cockeysville bankruptcy attorney and longtime Civil War enthusiast who played a pivotal role in the preservation of a historic Western Maryland battlefield, died Saturday of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Hunt Valley resident was 61. "Aside from other talents and capabilities, Michael was a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee par excellence ; a position he held with distinction for over 25 years," said Zvi Guttman, a Baltimore bankruptcy trustee and longtime friend.
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