Civil War Book Review: A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg, Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater by A. Wilson Greene

by Brett Schulte October 13, 2018

Greene, A. Wilson. A Campaign of Giants–The Battle for Petersburg, Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater. (University of North Carolina Press: June 2018). 728 pages, 34 maps, notes, bibliography, index.  ISBN: 978-1-4696-3857-7. $45.00 (Cloth) With A Campaign of Giants–The Battle for Petersburg, Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James […]

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Desecrating The Dead

by Fred Ray October 9, 2018

The History Vandals are at it again. When all this started I predicted that it would not stop with the Confederate generals and it gives me no pleasure to be right. This time it’s a grave marker. The city council in Madison, Wisconsin, has voted to remove a marker with the names of Confederate prisoners […]

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Died Of A Broken Heart?

by Fred Ray October 6, 2018

It’s no uncommon in Civil War literature to see someone’s death ascribed to broken heart after losing or breaking up with a loved one, homesickness, or “melancholia.” There might have been more to it than we might think now. It’s not a heart attack, but so-called “broken heart syndrome” still puts patients at high risk […]

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Peninsula Campaign Animated Map

by Fred Ray September 26, 2018

Very nice animated map of the Peninsula Campaign in 1862. If you’d like a short and concise campaign summary, check it out—it’s well done.

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Manassas Soldiers Laid to Rest

by Fred Ray September 19, 2018

Previously I mentioned that the remains of two unfortunate soldiers killed at Second Manassas had been found in a surgeon’s pit on the battlefield. I am happy to report that they have been decently interred at Arlington National Cemetery after all these years. The two Union soldiers buried Thursday at Arlington with full military honors […]

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A Look At Some Various Period Arms

by Fred Ray September 16, 2018

The 19th Century was a busy one for firearms development. At its beginning armies used .75 cal. smoothbore muskets like the Brown Bess, and by its end they were using the fully modern .30 cal. box magazine repeater with smokeless powder. One of the big technological jumps happened during the US Civil War with the […]

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Civil War Book Review: Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia edited by Caroline E. Janney

by Brett Schulte September 15, 2018

Janney, Caroline E. (ed) Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia. (University of North Carolina Press: April 2018). 320 pages, 13 illustrations, 3 maps, notes, bibliography, index.  ISBN: 978-1-4696-4076-1. $35.00 (Cloth) Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia marks yet another solid entry in the University of North Carolina […]

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