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In late July, 2022 the counted number of views to the estimated 21,000 collages and images in this collection passed 100,000,000 views and continues to receive a minimum of 50,000 views daily – Jim Surkamp
https://civilwarscholars.com/at-youtube-com/ (Scroll down for a complete listing of all videos and their links and total running times)
County fights https://civilwarscholars.com/county-fights/
County homes 1860
County-born soldiers (both sides):
References (with live links to sources): 91,711 words
POST: Mary Bedinger Mitchell Remembers Shepherdstown & Copenhagen
SERIES: A. R. H. RANSON LIFE IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, VA IN THE 1850S (WITH DICK AND GEORGE FLAGG)
POST: Farm Life 1850s – A.R.H. Ranson Tells, Opines
This is taken from one of six essays written for Sewanee Review from 1913 to 1915 by Ambrose Robert Hite Ranson (1831-1919). called “REMINISCENCES OF THE CIVIL WAR BY A CONFEDERATE STAFF OFFICER” about his growing up years living at his family home, Gap View, and his experiences during the Civil War as a Confederate officer. His observations are very informative about daily life pre-war amid unacceptable observations condoning the enslavement of other human beings. His account is still important in its rendering of daily work on a farm in the 1840s and 1850s in Jefferson County, Virginia, one of the most agricultural counties in the Virginias. These conditions were substantially different in the northern Shenandoah Valley when compared to the brutal monocultures in the deep South. Enslavement in Jefferson County, based on writings of those – white and black – who lived here then – was one of diverse work, the pervasive fear of being sold south, pockets of profound cruelty, and the tantalizing nearness of the option of escaping to freedom.
VIDEO: Ambrose Ranson’s Perspective Where Others Do The Work. TRT: 6:44.
POST: Ambrose Ranson Remembers Jefferson County in the 1840s & 1850s (1)
POST: Ambrose Ranson Remembers Jefferson County in the 1840s & 1850s (2)
VIDEO: Ambrose Ranson Remembers Jefferson County in the 1840s & 1850s Part 2. TRT: 8:16.
POST: Ambrose Ranson Remembers Jefferson County in the 1840s & 1850s (3)
VIDEO: Ambrose Ranson Remembers Jefferson County in the 1840s & 1850s. Part 3 TRT: 7:19.
POST: George Flagg’s Stagefright – 1850s – Jefferson County, VA by Jim Surkamp
VIDEO: George Flagg’s Stagefright – 1850s – Jefferson County, VA by Jim Surkamp. TRT: 9:17
POST: African-American Dick Morris and his “Owner” Ambrose Hite Ranson by Jim Surkamp (Same as video, slightly changed title). 2907 words.
VIDEO: Dick Morris and Ambrose Ranson by Jim Surkamp TRT: 15:41
SERIES: “THIS MOST EXTRAORDINARY & INTELLIGENT BLACK MAN – MARTIN DELANY” – President Abraham Lincoln, upon meeting Delany at the White House in February, 1865
WHILE POSTS AND VIDEOS ARE PRESENTED IN HISTORIC, CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WE TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, FOR THE RESEARCHER’S CONVENIENCE, TO INCLUDE HERE ALL THE EVENTS OF MARTIN DELANY’S LIFE 1812-1885.
From an extensive researcher’s website by Jim Surkamp that had been maintained by West Virginia University Library:
Charles Town and Martin Delany Pt. 1 by Jim Surkamp (Originally mid-1980s) September, 2008 TRT: 6:51
Video link: https://youtu.be/HgH7Oi5nzCQ
Charles Town and Martin Delany Pt. 2 by Jim Surkamp (Originally mid-1980s) September, 2008 TRT: 6:28
Video link: https://youtu.be/zH7w9G2opmI
MARTIN DELANY SERIES – FULL LENGTH VIDEO 11 CHAPTERS:
Martin Delany – 1 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 5:38
Martin Delany – 2 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 4:55
Martin Delany – 3 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 5:22
Martin Delany – 4 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 7:22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoov745rJIQ
Martin Delany – 5 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 6:34
Martin Delany – 6 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 5:32
Martin Delany – 7 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 2:20
Martin Delany – 8 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 4:17
Martin Delany – 9 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 5:37
Martin Delany – 10 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 6:01
Martin Delany – 11 by Jim Surkamp TRT: 4:29
POST: Martin Delany: To Be More Than Equal
SERIES: THE JOHN BROWN RAID OCT., 1859, AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE – WITH INDEPENDENT HISTORIAN, DENNIS FRYE
POST: John Brown Plots A Gov’t with Martin Delany
POST: Free, Black Families in Jefferson County, Va., Towns 1860
POST: 7 Biggest “People-Owners,” Jefferson County, Va. 1860
POST: 589 Enslaved Counted in 1860 as “Escaped”
POST: Fifteen Set Fires a Sign of Slave Resistance?
POST: Dennis Frye -“Did John Brown Have A Military Plan?”
VIDEO: Dennis Frye -“Did John Brown Have A Military Plan?” TRT: 5:25 https://youtu.be/0r5JzYXOAr4
POST: Dennis Frye -“Why Was Jefferson County a Crucible of the Civil War?”
VIDEO: Dennis Frye -“Why Was Jefferson County a Crucible of the Civil War?” TRT: 4:53 https://youtu.be/67JGmRYyLUo
POST: Dennis Frye -“Why Did Virginia Try John Brown?”
VIDEO: Dennis Frye -“Why Did Virginia Try John Brown?” TRT: 4:03 https://youtu.be/o1-Kn3qENeY
POST: Jefferson County, Virginia 1860 – A Profile of Prosperity
POST: Dennis Frye -“Was John Brown Insane?”
VIDEO: “Was John Brown Insane?” – Dennis Frye TRT: 4:45
POST: Dennis Frye -“Did John Brown Elect Abraham Lincoln President?”
VIDEO: Dennis Frye -“Did John Brown Elect Abraham Lincoln President?” TRT: 3:23 https://youtu.be/h6SJwnpBcbA
POST: Dennis Frye – “Did Virginia Realize They Would Host the Civil War?”
VIDEO: “Did Virginia Realize They Would Host the Civil War?” – Dennis Frye TRT: 3:27
POST: Shepherdstown, Va. – July, 1860 – Drumbeats By Jim Surkamp
POST: P. Douglas Perks- Jefferson County, Va. late 1850s – Clouds of War
VIDEO: P. Douglas Perks- Jefferson County, Va. late 1850s – Clouds of War TRT: 7:17 https://youtu.be/W0c4Ir6DPpQ
POST: Dennis Frye – “What Was Virginia’s Opinion of Secession?”
VIDEO: Dennis Frye – “What Was Virginia’s Opinion of Secession?” TRT: 5:28 https://youtu.be/kjgoy9PraTg