August 25, 2017

Imagine being 18 years old in 1863 and encountering Robert E. Lee on his retreat from Gettysburg. Then imagine that Lee mentioned seeing you in a letter to his daughter. Your name is in a war-time letter of Robert E. Lee's - an epic encounter for anyone, regardless of...

August 18, 2017

I have spent a lot of time in Winchester, VA performing  research on the Powells, the school they ran for girls, and the town. While there, I've heard it said that Robert E. Lee never came through the town during the war. In addition to hearing it, I read it in the boo...

July 5, 2017

In December of 2015, I had an adventure about as close to the movie, "National Treasure" as I'll probably get. In an earlier post, I described how I found a home called "Rome" where Hattie Powell lived as a teacher and war refugee, titled "Finding Rome."  In Decem...

June 30, 2017

Hattie Powell lived as a war refugee and teacher at a place called Rome from about May of 1862 through some part of the summer of 1863. After finding one home where Hattie Powell lived as a refugee (see “Finding Blenheim”), I wanted to try to find the other. However, t...

June 20, 2017

After locating the elusive "Blenheim," several mentors encouraged me to reach out to the owners, which I decided to do in April of 2015. I wrote a letter and explained who I was, described the volunteer project at William & Mary, asked if I could take a photograph of t...

June 16, 2017

The location of "Blenheim" was an intriguing mystery to me for three years. From November 1863 through June of 1865 Hattie Powell lived as a Civil War refugee at a location she called “Blenheim.” She was a teacher to the young girls in the neighborhood and seemed to ha...

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