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” ‘Since the invention of types [printing], monuments are good for nothing,’ North Carolina congressman Nathaniel Macon declared on the House floor in 1800. Working himself up to a fever pitch, he explained why he could not support a lavish memorial in the nation’s capital even for the most deserving of men, George Washington. Words, […]

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On this day in 1865: As Raleigh awaits Sherman, Union Lt. George Round is sent ahead to set up a Signal Corps flag station. Scaling the eerily empty Capitol, Round makes a crucial misstep: “I … leaped gently to what I supposed to be the solid top of the dome,” he will write later. “I […]

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– Did Civil War actually claim more Virginians than North Carolinians? Don’t miss this one — keen reportage by Cameron McWhirter of the Wall Street Journal. – Won’t you come home, George Washington? – Asheville’s monumental forgetfulness – Pa, you can cancel that tsunami insurance….

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On this day in 1816: Responding to a letter from Sen. Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, Thomas Jefferson offers his opinion “On the subject of the statue of George Washington, which the legislature of North Carolina has ordered to be procured, and set up in their Capitol.” Jefferson, retired at Monticello at age 73, proposes […]

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Instead of (or in addition to) lamenting the shrunkenness of your Sunday paper, check out these digital destinations: – Who knew that Charlotte as recently as 1931 was home to a post of the Grand Army of the Republic? – Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell, Ralph Ellison…  Jim Ross. – Can’t see the Capitol for the […]

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