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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 06:28 pm - Quote of the Day
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

― Maya Angelou
The 150th anniversary of the battle of Spotsylvania Court House is coming up in just a few weeks—part of the larger action known as the Overland Campaign. We’re busy at the Ridge getting ready for the commemoration.

Read on at Jenny at the Ridge.
Saturday, April 12th, 2014 08:14 am - Mrs. Mackowski
Jennifer Ann Hawkins and I got married yesterday. It was awesome.
We have a different sort of event coming up at Stevenson Ridge this weekend: a big yard sale!

Over 5 families are participating—including not only those of us who work here but some of our family members and close friends, too. We have all been cleaning out our closets and digging through our basements and emptying out our garages.

That means LOTS of good stuff, cheap!

We’ll be set up in the Lodge on Saturday, March 22 . Doors open at 8am, and the yard sale will run through noon.

Stop by and see what goodies we have, spend some time checking out the property, and take a minute to say hello. We’d love to see you!
Stevenson Ridge got a nice surprise over the weekend: Washington Post reporter Andrea Sachs stayed "undercover" at the Ridge last week and then wrote up a wonderful piece about her stay for Sunday's Travel section. The Post devoted almost a full page to us!

Andrea's piece, "At Stevenson Ridge in Virginia, historic buildings come back from oblivion," chronicles her stay in the Servants Quarters, her explorations of our other cabins, and her hike along our trail. Chris and I both make cameo appearances, in her piece, too!

Most gratifying, though, was the attention she lavished on all the hard work Dan has put into restoring our cabins. It's been a lifelong labor of love, and it was so exciting to see him get recognized for it.

"Thanks for much for a special experience," Andrea told us today via e-mail. "Hope to see you again soon (next time, I want to try out the Post Office or the Log Cabin)."
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 10:22 pm - Quote of the Day
"In order to make the world more just and fair, you have to make it harder for evil to thrive."

-- David McRaney
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 09:29 am - Review: "A Chain of Thunder" by Jeff Shaara
I wanted to like Jeff Shaara’s latest Civil War novel, A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg. Really, I did. It seems like I say that every time I pick one up. After all, I very much appreciate all Shaara has done to generate broad interest in the Civil War, eclipsed in the modern era only by Ken Burns. Also, on the couple of occasions I’ve met him, I’ve found him to be a really nice guy.

But at 562 pages, A Chain of Thunder is easily 150 pages too long. Characters obsess and get angsty, obsess and get angsty, obsess and get angsty--and it never seems to add up to much. Sure, the novel covers a lot of ground--most of middle Mississippi as Ulysses S. Grant marches inland and then doubles back in his envelopment of Vicksburg--but it hardly ever seems to go anywhere. Like any siege, the book just hunkers down and stays there. By the time Grant captured the Gibraltar of the West, I felt far more relief than excitement.

Read on, Macduff, at Emerging Civil War.
Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 06:00 am - A Post-Fredericksburg Message from Lincoln to the Army
For a president renowned for his literary skills, President Lincoln’s message to the Army of the Potomac following its loss at the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, stands out as a particularly feeble piece of writing. Certainly the lopsided loss was disheartening enough, but to have it come as it did so close to Christmas must have been especially dispiriting.

Read on, Macduff, at Emerging Civil War.
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 09:24 pm - Quote of the Day
"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience."

-- George Washington
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