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What’s In A Name?
COLORFUL AND POPULAR INFANTRY BRIGADE NICKNAMES are primarily an Eastern Theater phenomenon. It might even be argued it’s one of the reasons that theater gets more attention than the West. Undoubtedly you have heard and read of the Stonewall Brigade,
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Afterparty Mess
THE SCENE ON AUGUST 27, 1862, at Manassas Junction was surreal. “Imagine about 6,000 men hungry and almost naked, let loose on some million dollars worth of biscuit, cheese, ham, bacon, messpork, coffee, sugar, tea, fruit, brandy, wine, whiskey, oyst
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Steel Death
As Wofford’s Brigade overran the Federal ranks in the Wheatfield about 6:30 p.m., Colonel Harrison H. Jeffords of the 4th Michigan—a few dozen yards west of the 62nd Pennsylvania—realized his regiment’s flag had fallen and was now in the hands of Con
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Man In The Shadows
During the last half of December 1861, allegations were buzzing about Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s uncontrolled drinking. No one was sure who started the malicious rumors. Perhaps it was some of the crooked contractors and suppliers who wanted to re
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A Wee Nip For Thomas
IN 1860, George Henry Thomas stepped off a train car in the dark and fell 20 feet down an embankment. The resulting injury to his back forever after caused him pain and limited his mobility, a partial reason for his weight increasing from 175 pounds
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Worth A Move
On July 14, 1863, the Battle of Falling Waters, Md., swirled around this home as Maj. Gen. Henry Heth’s Army of Northern Virginia rear guard, exhausted from a grueling 10-day retreat from Gettysburg, fought Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s division. Het
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Digging Culp’s Hill
STEPS FROM REMAINS of Union earthworks and within sight of the “God Tree,” Gettysburg National Military Park archaeologist Erik Kreusch and two volunteers sweep metal detectors over deep-brown earth. “Beep, beep, beeepppp….” A pricey machine squeals,
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Take A Walk Through History
THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE’S Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Trail announced 16 additions in April, bringing the total of sites to 682 listings in 39 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. One new addition features a site in Lo
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Preservation Register
Visitors to the Ox Hill Battlefield in Chantilly, Va., will find the nation’s first bilingual Civil War Trails sign, bearing text in Spanish and Korean. The added translations will help bring the project and Civil War history to a new, broader audien
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Comic Relief
Why is the tail clearly drawn on Rawlins’ beloved horse in this image taken at City Point, Va.? It’s a funny story. Rawlins and Grant enjoyed a close friendship that at times could provide an amusing reprieve from the stresses of war. Such was the ca
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First Mondays!
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‘Expect No Help’
In early July 1863, seven miles of Confederate earthworks, more than 70,000 United States troops, a fleet of Federal gunboats, and the muddy Mississippi River stand between a Confederate courier and his intended recipient, Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton.
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A Unique Nation?
A Contest of Civilizations is rich with challenging ideas and hangs on a central paradox: 19th-century Americans’ unshakable belief in their nation’s exceptionalism, despite its status as the world’s largest slave-owning empire. Exceptionalism is cur
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Fight For The Colors
On September 11, 1889, in Gettysburg’s notorious Wheatfield, a crowd gathered for the dedication of the 62nd Pennsylvania Infantry’s monument, placed where a bloody contest for the regiment’s flags had taken place 26 years earlier. An inscription on
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Confederates As Postwar Patriots
As inspiration for his latest book, Patriots Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of America After the Civil War, author Stephen Hood cites “the current cultural, political and scholarship movement of reassessing historical characters and caus
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Capture Richmond
In Embattled Capital, two distinguished Civil War authors unite their talents to describe life in Richmond, Va., throughout the conflict. After Virginia seceded from the Union on April 19, 1861, the Confederate government decided it strategically pru
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Canister And Grape
IN A FAMOUS INCIDENT at the Battle of Antietam, Brig. Gen. John Gibbon jumped off his horse and raced over to Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery, whose men were firing canister as fast as they could at Confederates across the Hagerstown Pike. Gibbon notic
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Iron Behemoths
In his recent book, ex-naval officer Dwight Hughes examines the naval clash between the armored ram CSS Virginia and the turreted USS Monitor, each in its own way representing a new type of warship known collectively as ironclads. The book’s title co
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High Esteem
Speculation runs wild about the motivations behind Ulysses S. Grant’s failure to mention John Rawlins but a mere three times in his two-volume Personal Memoirs, Grant’s devotion to his friend and comrade are evident in his efforts to memorialize Rawl
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Online Poll
The Results Are In! Our recent Facebook poll asked which battlefield had the worst terrain, steep Lookout Mountain, Tenn., or the tangled second growth of Virginia’s Wilderness? An overwhelming majority of respondents agreed that the Wilderness jungl
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North Star At Their Back
George and James Frisby, two enslaved sailors, jumped ship in the Mexican port of Vera Cruz in the summer of 1857. George was quickly apprehended but when James was caught by the police, he claimed his freedom, ironically, by proving he was a slave.
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Sweitzer’s Storm Flag
Samuel Bates, a Pennsylvania historian, wrote of Colonel Jacob Sweitzer at Gettysburg, “When he was ordered to move on the enemy he moved up to the very front, some distance in advance of his troops, with his brigade flag flying at his side.” To disp
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In God We Trust
Historians frequently state that Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan suffered from a messianic complex and that he alone believed he had been called by God to save the Union. McClellan’s religious beliefs are often presented as a character flaw, personalit
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Ruined By Comrades
The order was written at 6:30 p.m. on August 27, 1862, from Bristoe Station, Va., and arrived at 5th Corps headquarters three hours later. It ordered the corps to be on the road by 1 a.m. and arrive at Bristoe by daylight. The general read the order
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Familiar, Yet Distant
We gaze at the images of Civil War participants, read their written records, and walk in their battlefield footsteps, all factors that can make us feel as if they are familiar and we “know” them. But their lives, and scientific knowledge, were vastly
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Family Ties
During the Siege of Vicksburg, General Grant and his staff took up headquarters on the first floor of the Lum House, a mansion owned by a wealthy businessman. The Confederate-sympathizing Lum family resided on the upper floors and their Connecticut-b
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What Are You Reading?
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY, NEWPORT NEWS, VA. It is a truism among students of the Civil War that Confederates believed they would establish an independent slaveholding republic. But what, precisely, would that mean? Adrian Brettle’s Colossal Amb
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War Frame
HAIR NEATLY COMBED, a youthful Confederate poses wearing a tightly fitted frock coat. The photographer has lightly tinted his cheeks to help bring life to the image, which was found in Memphis, Tenn., many years ago. The image is reversed due to the
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