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Stuart as a Cavalryman’s Cavalryman by L. VanLoan Naisawald
Jeb Stuart is sometimes regarded as a showman or poseur whose military abilities suffer by comparison with those of the effective Union horsemen who emerged during the last two years of the war. Take away his banjo-playing entourage, strip away the layers of legend and look at the man coldly and objectively. Strictly as a cavalry commander, how good was he?
‘No Finer Picture of an Engagement’? by Frederic Ray
During the Battle of Antietam, photographer Alexander Gardner took a picture commonly believed to be the only one actually showing Civil War fighting in progress. Here is what CWT Illustrated has discovered about that photograph.
Famous Fighting Units: Berdan’s Sharpshooters by Henry I. Kurtz
These two regiments of expert marksmen were th envy of other Federal units and the terror of Confederates who faced them in battle. In fact, Berdan’s elite soldiers were almost as good as they sounded in their post-war reminiscences. As one Confederate put it: ‘Those Yankee sharpshooters were marvelous…’
Our ‘False Folk Image’ of Lincoln by S. K. Stevens
We do Lincoln an injustice in portraying him as a superman, says prominent historian S. K. Stevens. Rather, he was ‘a common American forged in the fires of civil war into a greatness he otherwise would never have known.’
The U. S. Supreme Court During the Civil War by Joseph P. Fried
A national government fighting for the continued existence of the country…A supreme Court that put personal rights first…Clashes between the Executive and Judicial Branches were severe, until the character of the highest court changed through new appointments.
Weapons & Equipment: Union Cavalry Equipment by Francis A. Lord
As the war progressed, Federal horsemen got better equipment. And they learned what to throw away. The combination produced an effective fighting man.
Eltham’s Landing–The End Run that Failed by Dwight E. Stinson, Jr.
Following the Battle of Williamsburg, McClellan stood a good chance of bringing the Confederate army to bay by rushing troops up the York River to block the retreat route to Richmond. He erred in selecting a timid commander for an operation that called for speed and boldness.
A Century Ago This Month by Robert D. Hoffsommer
February 1863: Conscription, Hooker rebuilds Army of the Potomac, Grant tries repeatedly to get at Vicksburg
1. McClellan, Sherman, and Grant by T. Harry Williams
2. Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy by Hans Nathan
3. Guide to Federal Archives Relating to the Civil War
4. Dickison and His Men, Reminiscences of the War in Florida by Mary Elizabeth Dickison
5. Berry Benson’s Civil War Book Edited by Susan Williams Benson