by Keith Poulter
Letters to the Editor
Do You Know?
Al Nofi’s Knapsack
by Al Nofi
Who Ordered Lincoln’s Death?
by James E.T. Lange and Katherine DeWitt, Jr.
The authors discuss the various Confederate plots that involved the mention of either capturing or killing President Lincoln. Among those with possible ties to such a plan were President Jefferson Davis, Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin, John S. Mosby, and of course John Wilkes Booth. The authors ultimately believe that Benjamin conceived of the plan and Davis gave his approval.
Lee’s Invasion Strategy
by Charles P. Roland
Roland details what he believes to be the key objectives for Robert E. Lee during his invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania in 1863 that resulted in the Battle of Gettysburg. The author believes that Lee’s overriding goal was to convince the Northern population that they were incapable of winning the war.
The Stephens Peace Mission
by Thomas E. Schott
Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens undertook a peace mission in July 1863 that was to be based on a position of military strength. Unfortunately for the South, the Battle of Gettysburg made this peace overture outdated.
Lee’s Gallant 6000?
by John Michael Priest
Priest examines unit strengths in the divisions of Pettigrew, Pickett, and Trimble during Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Using the width of unit frontages, the author concludes that of the 11,500 officers and men in these units, only 5,000 even reached the Emmitsburg Road, much less the Union position at the Angle on Cemetery Ridge. He goes on to say that many of these men, facing what they believed was an impossible task, simply decided not to press home the charge.
“I’ll Be Damned If I’ll Ever Surrender”
by Paul D. Haynie
Near Newnan, Georgia on July 30, 1864, Brigadier General Edward Moody McCook was faced with 10 Confederate cavalry regiments blocking his way during a raid. McCook wanted to surrender his force, but Colonel Thomas J. Harrison refused.
England’s Gift To The Confederacy
by Michael C. Hardy
Confederate Brigadier General Collett Leventhorpe was a native of England. And as the author points out, he was also a very good soldier, training and leading the men of the 11th North Carolina up through the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was severely wounded. Leventhorpe, after spending some time in a Northern prison, was placed in command of troops in North Carolina near the Roanoke River and the Weldon Railroad, before surrendering at Durham.
Chaos Itself: The Battle Of Mine Creek
by Kip Lindberg
The Battle of Mine Creek was fought on October 25, 1864 in Missouri. It pitted the Confederate Army of Missouri under Major General Sterling Price versus the Union Army of the Border under Major General Samuel R. Curtis.
The Sons Of Abraham
by Mel Young
Abraham Jonas, an English born Jewish emigre living in Illinois, had two sons fight for the Confederacy. They had moved to New Orleans to live with an Uncle, and they decided to side with the South. However, Jonas’ youngest son Edward was still living at home in Quincy, Illinois, and he fought for the Union.