Apologies for Lack of Posting

by Fred Ray January 20, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following post is from Fred Ray, a frequent and long time contributor to this blog.  We wish him well in his recovery. *** I’m sorry to say that I’ve not posted anything since early November of last year. It’s not because I’ve lost interest or don’t have anything more to say, but […]

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Civil War Book Review: The Vermont Brigade in the Seven Days by Paul G. Zeller

by Brett Schulte January 16, 2019

Zeller, Paul G. The Vermont Brigade in the Seven Days: The Battles and Their Personal Aftermath. (McFarland http://www.McFarlandBooks.com : 2019). 201 pages, 65 illustrations, 8 maps, notes, bibliography, index.  ISBN: 978-1-4766-7661-6. $39.95 (Paperback) The Vermont Brigade in the Seven Days: The Battles and Their Personal Aftermath by Paul G. Zeller is another fine book on a […]

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Civil War on the Block

by Fred Ray November 4, 2018

Cowan’s Auctions just completed a massive auction of Civil War items of all kinds. The catalog is fun to look through, even if you can’t afford to buy any of it. Three items I found particularly interesting were: A letter from General Lee to Virginia Senator Andrew Hunter in January 1865 about the enlistment of […]

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National Monument to Black Soldiers, Indian Citizenship

by Fred Ray November 3, 2018

President Trump has designated Camp Nelson in Kentucky as a national monument to honor the black volunteers who mustered there for service in the Union army. It also illustrates the limitations of the Emancipation Proclamation. According to the National Park Service, Camp Nelson, which is located just outside Nicholasville, began as supply depot and hospital […]

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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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