Category Archives: Ancestry

Nashville — December 1864

In 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood moved north into Tennessee in an attempt to engage General William T. Sherman. Hood marched to Nashville to capture the Union supply depot. Unfortunately for the Henry L. Norvell family, their plantation “Leafy … Continue reading

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Wild in the Streets — Washington DC 1968-1971

From 1968-1971, before I entered flying training, I was assigned to a staff position in a command post in Washington, D.C. This was a time of great upheaval in America. In April 1968, two months after I arrived at Bolling … Continue reading

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Citizen Soldiers

  In teaching a course on Gettysburg this fall, I have come to think a lot about the citizen soldier. Several generations of the Norvells in my family served our nation, many finding themselves in the front lines: — Lipscomb … Continue reading

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Gettysburg — Some thoughts II

Gettysburg today is considered to be the decisive battle in the Civil War.   And that is what 19th century commanders strived for– the one big knock out punch that removed the enemy from the field. Yet at the time, … Continue reading

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At Gettysburg – Part I

Four of the six Norvell  brothers in the Union Army  fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, considered to be the turning point in the Civil War. Freeman Norvell was on Culp’s Hill, and Edwin Forrest Norvell and Dallas Norvell … Continue reading

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Riverview

For many years the question of an early Norvell plantation was raised. In a 1937 issue of the William and Mary Quarterly, a picture of a house called Riverview appeared that was attributed to having been the Norvell home.   … Continue reading

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Washington in 1968

In 1968, I was a newly minted Air Force second lieutenant stationed in Washington DC. My initial duty was at Bolling Air Force Base in the South east part of the city on the Potomac. There I reported on February … Continue reading

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Leafy Lot Plantation and the War Between the States

In the 1840s Henry Laurence Norvell and his bride, Laura Jane Sevier Norvell, took possession of their new farm. Henry was the eldest son of Moses Norvell, an early Nashville newspaper publisher, banker, and politician. Laura Jane Sevier was the … Continue reading

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Escape at Goliad

William Lawrence Norvell, son of Joshua Norvell and Catherine Crist Norvell was born March 1813 and died before 1900 in New York City. With the death of his mother in 1814, he was given to the care of his uncle … Continue reading

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Letters to Mr. Jefferson

Americans today view their president for the most part as a distant figure, protected by the secret service, and for the most part unreachable. It is surprising then to note that in the 19th century, Americans often wrote to the … Continue reading

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