A regular guy

Daniel V. Fenton monument, 1890. Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Photo: author. Daniel V. Fenton was an ordinary man. When he died in 1890, shortly after being discharged from the Government Printing Office because the patronage system was then favoring Republicans and he was a Democrat, his wife had a little-known part of his story …

Pocahontas!

One result of trawling cemeteries for interesting monuments is that you occasionally get sidetracked into interesting investigations that have little to do with a monument. The provocation here is the headstone of Pocahontas Bolling (Smith) Todd, who was born in 1877 in Winchester, VA. Pocahontas Bolling (Smith) Todd monument, Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Photo: author. The …

Συγγράμματα

Συγγράμματα (Essays) The name συγγράμματα (syngrammata) is Ancient Greek for “essays.” Or rather, since those people didn’t quite have the genre as we know it, it’s a word that comes reasonably close. And so you may rightly infer that I had a classical education and that I am interested in essays. This blog betrays my …