Tag Archives: Norvell History

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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Letters from the War – Thailand 8

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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Letters from the War – Thailand 6

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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Letters from the War – Thailand 4

The following excerpts are from  letters that were written to my wife and others during the Vietnam War, while I was stationed in Thailand. Because of the nature of the events, the letters seldom told the entire story to loved … Continue reading

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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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A Norvell Family Christmas Vacation – or the holidays from h…

Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together.” In 1989 my mother came to visit with us for 6 weeks (that’s 42 … 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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Gettysburg – Some thoughts

  No event has impacted the American psyche as much as the Civil War and this battle in particular. If we were to look for an event that equals its impact in the 20th century, only the Great Depression would … Continue reading

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In Philadelphia

  John Norvell had written to Thomas Jefferson in 1807 asking his opinion of a career in the press, which Jefferson felt was a dishonorable profession filled liars and with those he viewed, at times, as enemies.  Norvell, unlike Jefferson, … Continue reading

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At the Fair – Two Generations

Nearly 50 years ago I went to the New York Worlds Fair. Nearly 75 years ago,  my father went to the New York World’s Fair of that era. In June 1939 the biggest event in the country was the visit … Continue reading

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