Steam Trains and the Last Confederate Victory

by Fred Ray April 13, 2015

Sorry to be missing in action but several projects have left little time for blogging. However I did want to pass on a few items of interest. One is a lengthy look at the effect that steam trains had on warfare in the 19th Century. They were unknown to Napoleon and only began to be […]

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Grant & The Red River Campaign, Part 2

by Ned B. April 5, 2015

Continued from Part 1. In testimony before Congress’s Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, Admiral Porter boasted that “The Red River expedition was originally proposed by General Sherman and myself.”1 Porter’s statement is presumptuous — there was an earlier plan by Halleck2 — but Sherman did raise the idea to Grant’s Chief of […]

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DEBATE: Was Sheridan Justified in Relieving Warren at Five Forks?

by Brett Schulte April 1, 2015

Over at the Siege of Petersburg Online today, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Five Forks, James F. Epperson and I (Brett Schulte) debate the following question: Was Sheridan’s relief of Warren at Five Forks justified? For those of you unfamiliar with this particular controversy, I’ll try not to take my side in the […]

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Grant & The Red River Campaign, Part 1

by Ned B. March 29, 2015

Update March 30, 2015: post edited to show a change in how the series will unfold. In my opinion, several aspects of the Red River campaign of 1864 are misunderstood. An example of this is the role of General Ulysses S Grant. This post is the first in a six an eight part series that […]

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Civil War Book Review: Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi by Donald S. Frazier

by Ned B. March 22, 2015

Frazier, Donald S. Blood on the Bayou: Vicksburg, Port Hudson, and the Trans-Mississippi. (State House Press: March 2015). 500 pages, 125 illustrations, 30 maps, notes, bibliography, index.  ISBN: 978-1-933337-63-0. $39.99 (Cloth) — Blood on the Bayou, the third installment in what is called Frazier’s Louisiana Quadrille, begins “This is not the book I intended to write.” […]

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Civil War Book Review: The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood by Stephen Hood

by Brett Schulte March 9, 2015

Hood, Stephen M. The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood. (Savas Beatie: January 2015). 312 pages, 56 illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.  ISBN: 978-1-61121-182-5. $32.95 (Cloth) It’s not often that a significant cache of personal papers from a Confederate army commander is found.  But that is exactly why the book being reviewed right now […]

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Possible Project on Confederate Weapons by Regiment

by Brett Schulte March 7, 2015

UPDATE: I’ve thought this over and I should be able to set space aside on my TOCWOC blog, creating a home page for this effort, and make someone(s) editor(s) to add pages and keep things updated.  Any takers? *** Let me be clear up front that what I’m about to say is an idea only, and […]

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