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Martha Boltz

Martha Boltz was a frequent contributor to the long-running Civil War features in The Washington Times America At War section in both print and online editions. A regular contributor to the original Civil War Page and its successor page dating back to 1994, she is a civil war buff, historian, and writer. "Someone said that if we don't learn about the past, we are condemned to repeat it," she said, "and there are lessons of all sorts inherent in this bloody four-year period of our country's history." She is a member of several heritage and lineage groups, as well as the Montgomery County Civil War Round Table. Her standing invitation is, "come on down - check the blog - send me your comments and let's have fun with its history and maybe learn something at the same time."

‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’: Longfellow’s message of hope

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was moved by the sorrow of his own family and for his nation at war to compose the poem/lyrics for one of the most moving Christmas carols written.

Taxes got you down? Blame the President

Along with other “firsts” that began during the Civil War, such as hospital ships, postal delivery, and the first submarine, we can add the income tax

The gifts of the Maji – We Three Kings a Civil War song

The custom of offering Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, or representations thereof, as Epiphany gifts was common for centuries. I
The Confederate White House

Christmas 1864: The last at the Confederate White House

A letter written by Varna Davis offers a glimpse into Christmas during the Civil War
Longfellow House

Beauty from tragedy, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” which came from the pen of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) and was written on Christmas Day, 1864.
Santa Claus

A Civil War Christmas: Santa Claus on the battlefield

you can never talk of the Civil War and Christmas without bringing up the name of Thomas Nast, who was a newspaper cartoonist and a rabid Northerner.
The original Kate and daughter Ellen

The Titanic’s most enduring story: The Heart of the Ocean’s true tale

There are many fables, myths and true stories from the sinking of the Titanic. The Heart of the Ocean necklace is one of those true stories

Under the Olive Tree, quality olive oils and vinegars at Tysons Corner, Virginia

The quest for olive oil perfection continues and a Virginia purveyor, Under the Olive Tree, in Tyson’s Corner Mall aids in that quest.

Rolling Thunder: Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

VIENNA, Va., May 24, 2014 —  With the roar of thousands of big Harleys, Indians, BMWs and more, Rolling Thunder rolled into town last...
Harpers Bizarre

Federal Income Tax: Paying the President’s debt

Were you hoping to get a refund this year? Who’s to blame? Our government, out of control presidential spending?

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Decadence, Privilege, Passion and “Gurl 26” Agnes De Vril

"Gurl 26" Agnes De Vril was a passionate whirlwind in the decadent, thrill ride, surrealistic, experiential fever dream that was New York City in the early 1980's.