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Starting slow, but with the history and beauty that I'm surrounded by here in western Virginia, along with the relics and bones we'll be...

Born on the 4th of July

Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia was a most depressing place to be in March of 1865. The doctors and staff were in dire straits,...

Lt. General Chesty Puller, Jackson & Lee

Yesterday was Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller's birthday. Puller was a USMC Lt. General and considered one of the best and bravest marines...

On My Nightstand

Fascinating read offering many different perspectives; some competing. The chapter titled "Local History: A Way to Place and Home" by...

The Enduring Legacy of Johnny Reb

I finally finished my essay on Johnny Reb which will be published at the Essential Civil War Curriculum website soon. I've been putting...

Knives, Relics & Rites of Passage

I bought this Buck knife for a grandson who's turning 13 next week. His father owns a hunting lodge in Canada. My grandson can skin a...

Journaling, Manliness & History

I finally got around to finding someone who is able to transcribe my great-grandfather's journal. His handwriting is somewhat...

Relics & Father's Day

“Men used to build and create as much for future generations as for their own needs, so their tools have a special message for us and our...

Preserving Our Tobacco Heritage

My great-great grandfather and great-grandfather on my father's side were cotton and tobacco farmers in Southside Virginia. My...

The Burning of VMI: 155 Years Ago Today

He buried history to save it . . . On the 12th of June, 1864, Union General David Hunter ordered the burning of Virginia Military...

Ode to the Country Summer

The rural lifestyle is something we here at Relics & Bones embrace with gusto. With our HQ here in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, we are...

Recommended Podcast

I believe I've recommended before, but if you have grown weary of activism posing as history, I'd invite you to check out our friend,...

Remember Me

“A man who would not defend his father's grave is worse than a wild animal.” ~ Chief Joseph, Nez Percé Number 91 on a weathered, lonely,...

The Legacy of Fathers

I realize that this Sunday is Mother's Day, but this photo of my son and grandson came across my feed t his morning, so I thought I'd...

The Army Looks Back

The United States Army wanted a spiffy new service uniform . . . So it turned the clock back. Way back.