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L

iving in Rockbridge County, I've
learned to accept the idea that there
are three distinct kinds of "history."
First, there's the history of historians, the
gentle "arguments" of history professors in
the three colleges rooted hereabouts and
in the lectures you'll hear in Lee Chapel
or Virginia Military Institute's Jackson
Memorial Hall reappraising the Civil War.
Next, there's public history, the stories and

monuments that give educated folks a sense
of pride, or guilt, in the grand narratives.
We have plenty of that history here too.
And then there's what really happened.
This is a realm of ghosts and coffins beyond
our knowing. I look for that underneath the
double-bullseye sidewalk bricks and granite
pavers naming the "Righteous and Rascals
of Rockbridge." In a ditch dug by a work
crew along East Washington Street, below

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