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The Mighty Ram ‘Albemarle’ by Virgil Carrington Jones
Built in a cornfield under a teenager’s direction, this mighty Confederate ram threatened Union control of the North Carolina sounds until a daredevil naval officer found a way to destroy her.
A Century Ago
June 1862: Fair Oaks / Seven Pines, Robert E. Lee assumes command, Memphis, Cross Keys, Port Republic, Stuart’s ride around McClellan, Secessionville, the Seven Days, Oak Grove, Mechanicsville, Gaines’ Mill, Savage Station, Glendale
Murder of a Union General by Joseph P. Fried, Jr.
Jefferson Davis, the Union general, murdered Mag. Gen. William “Bull” Nelson on September 29, 1862 in Louisville, Kentucky…and got away with it.
Gibbon’s Plan for Taking Petersburg in ’62 by Capt. Mark H. Jordan, USN
John Gibbon submitted a proposal to take Petersburg to Ambrose Burnside in late 1862, just before Burnside’s disastrous assault at Fredericksburg. Could Burnside have done what Grant finally accomplaished if he had heeded Gibbon’s advice?
Varina Howell Davis–A Profile by Allen Keller
This remarkable woman was speech writer, secretary, and official hostess for Jefferson Davis, as well as his devoted wife.
Letters & Diaries: A Union Officer’s Diary of the Appomattox Campaign by E. E. Billings
Captain Daniel Paddock Barnard, Jr.
139th New York Volunteer Infantry
Character of the American Soldier by Gen. Frncois Adolphe de Chanal
A French general, an observer sent to America in March 1864, found the American soldier to be clean and self-reliant. His report, which appeared in 1872, was entitled L’Armee Americaine.
Weapons & Equipment: The Requa Rifle Battery by Dr. Francis A. Lord
The Requa Rifle Battery, patented on September 16, 1862 by William Billinghurst and J. Requa, could deliver up to seven volleys a minute of .58 caliber bullets. With 25 barrels mounted on a carriage, the Requa Battery was ideal for guarding a bridge.
The Battle of Olustee by Richard P. Weinert, Jr.
In 1864, the Federals decided it was time to ‘pacify’ the interior of Florida and put that state under a reconstructed government. A Union expedition prematurely marched inland and on February 20 was routed with a loss of 1,800, twice the number of casualties suffered by their Confederate counterparts.
What’s Wrong With Civil War Novels by David Gerard
David Gerard says most Civil War novels are mediocre because they do not avoid a ‘modern’ style, they try too hard not to be sectional, partisan, and one-sided, they choose an unworthy protagonist, they concentrate too often on only one battle, they are not historically accurate, and they usually include a love story. Gerard points to The Horse Soldiers by Harold Sinclair as an example of a good Civil War novel.
1. Who Fired the First Shot?–And Other Untold Stories of the Civil War by Ashley Halsey, Jr.
The Exchange of Rooney Lee by George E. Lippincott
When the Confederates planned to hang two Union officers, the Federals threatened to execute two Southerners in return. One was the son of Robert E. Lee.