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Driving through South Hill by peter Nolan Smith

Two years ago Paige and Ten Rings Steve announced that they were getting married in Richmond. I loved the young couple, but was surprised by their request that I perform the wedding ceremony. “I don’t believe in God.” “We know, but you do believe in love,” said Paige. “I won’t take no for an answer. […]

The Battle of the Crater

On July 30, 1864 Union miners lit a massive bomb underneath Confederate lines defending the transportation center, Petersburg. The mine of 320 kegs of gunpowder comprised of 8,000 pounds and were buried twenty feet below the trenches. The explosion killed several hundred Southern troops and wounded many more, however the Union attack was delayed, giving […]