by Keith Poulter
Letters to the Editor
Al Nofi’s Knapsack
by Al Nofi
Black Rebels: Men of Color in the Confederate Army
Could the Confederacy Have Won?
Author Shelby Foote was interviewed and asked if the Confederacy could have won the Civil War. In a somewhat surprising response, native Southerner Foote maintains that there was no way for the Confederacy to achieve victory.
In Defense of Fighting Joe Hooker
by Stephen Sears
Stephen Sears, as the title above indicate, defends General Joseph Hooker. Sears maintains that Hooker was not a drunk, and that he never lost his nerve in battle. He goes on to say that Hooker made sure his men were well cared for and that Fighting Joe had the best combat record in the entire Army of the Potomac. Though the man was boastful and treated rivals rudely, says Sears, he should not be judged by his one defeat at Chancellorsville.
Do You Know?
Lafayette McLaws on Gettysburg
This article covers an 1885 letter written by General Lafayette McLaws detailing his views on the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Chattahoochee River Line: An American Maginot
by William Scaife
Brigadier General Francis Asbury Shoup, Chief of Artillery for the Confederate Army of Tennessee, designed a system of fortifications along the Chattahoochee River in 1864 which were unique in the annals of the Civil War. Dubbed “Shoupades” in honor of their architect, these mutually-supporting little fortifications could have played a key role in stopping Sherman’s march on Atlanta, says Scaife. He even compares the Chattahoochee River Line to France’s World War II era Maginot Line. Editor Keith Poulter refutes this extreme importance, pointing out that a line of Shoupades able to cover the entire front would have had to extend 40 miles long, a defense line length for which there were not enough Confederates troops.
Page 47: The Chattahoochee River Line Map
Page 48: Federal Order-of-Battle
Page 50: Confederate Order-of-Battle
The Man Who Taught The Army How to Fight
by Geoffrey Perret
Geoffrey Perret produces an article praising Ulysses S. Grant for his abilities as a soldier. He goes on to mention that the U.S. Army still teaches the strategy and tactics of Grant even today, and that the United States has won every war where “Grant’s rules” were heeded.
Some Came Home: The Story of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry
The history of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry regiment is detailed.
The Many Stories of the Stonewall Jackson Medal
by Frank Wheeler and Peter Bertran
The authors sort through the various tales told about the Stonewall Jackson medal, commissioned in France in 1863 shortly after the general’s death. The medal has ties to the Marquis de Lafayette, grandson of General Lafayette.