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A Death in Havana

Americans traveled far more in the 19th century than we globe trotters of the 21st think.  Death at sea was quite common, either from ship wreck, under mysterious circumstances, or illness.   Once such death happened to Joshua Norvell. Joshua … 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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A Letter to Mr. Jefferson

In 1807, my great great grandfather John Norvell, then a 17 year-old boy, wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson, then president of the United States, asking him about his opinion of journalism as a future career. Danville, K[y]. May 9, … Continue reading

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The Nine Sons of Lt Lipscomb Norvell

William Walker, the Dictator of Nicaragua in 1857, the son of Mary Norvell Walker, was clearly influenced by his family and drawn to politics – he would later become a military leader. During the early 19th century, his family in … Continue reading

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