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"I have tried them ... and have found them very serviceable.": Hale's Rockets over Charleston

In my opinion, Brigadier-General Alexander Schimmelfennig’s Civil War career is unfairly marked by his Gettysburg experience.  In the Gettysburg-centric view of the Civil War, he is best known for… 777 more words

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The following biography was written by Gail Brumfitt, who lives in Australia and therefore felt a special affinity with this casualty, who served with the Australian Imperial Force.

Union General Michael Corcoran of the Irish Brigade and Corcoran’s Irish Legion

Photo: Brig. Gen. Michael Corcoran

By Martha Boltz
The Washington Times

VIENNA, Va., August 6, 2013 — When things slowed down militarily during the Civil War and a bunch of young men were just killing time, it figures that some version of sports were to be found whether it was baseball, which had its early roots during the Civil War, or a favorite of West Virginians, road ball. 964 more words

Wainwright’s Diary, April 17, 1864:

Colonel Charles S. Wainwright offered a short diary entry for April 17, 1864.  As his custom, he began with the weather:

April 17, Sunday. We have had another wet spell since Friday; yesterday it rained steadily.

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Emancipation Day

Today is Emancipation Day, an official public holiday in D.C. to mark the anniversary of the signing of The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, or simply, The Compensated Emancipation Act. 304 more words


Two Brothers, Two Captains: Samuel and Charles Doten, Part II

In part one of this story, we saw two brothers, Captain Samuel and Captain Charles Doten recruit the first two companies to depart Plymouth for service in the Civil War. 1,463 more words