Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished by Tony Horwitz

By Tony Horwitz

While prize-winning conflict correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the center East for a relaxed nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's positioned battle zones in the back of him. yet woke up one morning through the crackle of musket fireplace, Horwitz starts off submitting front-line dispatches back this time from a warfare on the subject of domestic, and to his personal heart.

Propelled through his boyhood ardour for the Civil struggle, Horwitz embarks on a look for areas and folks nonetheless held in thrall by means of America's maximum clash. the result's an event into the soul of the unvanquished South, the place the ghosts of the misplaced reason are resurrected via ritual and remembrance.

In Virginia, Horwitz joins a band of 'hardcore' reenactors who crash-diet to accomplish the hollow-eyed glance of starved Confederates; in Kentucky, he witnesses Klan rallies and demands race struggle sparked through the killing of a white guy who brandishes a insurgent flag; at Andersonville, he unearths that the prison's commander, accomplished as a warfare legal, is now exalted as a martyr and hero; and within the book's climax, Horwitz takes a marathon trek from Antietam to Gettysburg to Appomattox within the corporation of Robert Lee Hodge, an eccentric pilgrim who dubs their odyssey the 'Civil Wargasm.'

Written with Horwitz's signature mixture of humor, background, and hard-nosed journalism, Confederates within the Attic brings alive previous battlefields and new ones 'classrooms, courts, state bars' the place the earlier and the current collide, usually in explosive methods. Poignant and picaresque, haunting and hilarious, it speaks to a person who has ever felt interested in the mythic South and to the darkish romance of the Civil struggle.

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Here is another view of the Lagomarsino house taken in 1921, with one of the two men in front presumably Alvin Giuffra. He was the son of Celestina Lagomarsino’s second marriage (to Antonio Giuffra) after her marriage at age 15 ended in divorce, a very rare event in an Italian Catholic family of the time. A lifelong bachelor, Alvin lived in the house by himself. ) 31 The Lagomarsino olive orchard remains to this day, with the gnarled trunks of these trees betraying their age. As testament to the longevity of olive trees, this 2013 photograph shows them still flourishing.

Louis. With her son in financial difficulty, she sold her home and helped pay his debts in exchange for his 20-acre Olive Hill Grove, a largely abandoned olive orchard in Marysville, Yuba County. Three years later, she had her first crop and, in 1898, incorporated the Ehmann Olive Company. Though she did not invent the curing process that turns green olives into black olives, her phenomenal success brought that olive to tables across the country. One 1918 biography wrote, “Few, if any, among all the women in California who have contributed in some way to the industrial development of the state, can look back upon their life work with more satisfaction than Mrs.

The land was formerly covered with chaparral, and the soil, which is of a fine black loam, is from three to five feet deep,” read one account. ” But by the time Herman Stern showed up, the orchard had been neglected for a dozen-plus years. Nor did Adolph take to farming, perhaps cowed by the difficult prospect seen in this later photograph, which shows the dirt road that would become today’s Highway 12. Adolph soon returned to the city. ) 63 Miriam and Louis Sammis, however, saw the opportunity for a future and agreed to take on the property in 1916.

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