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150 years ago: Grant rejects any further offensive against Charleston

On April 21, 1864, Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren passed a summary report to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Wells.  As Dahlgren had at other occasions since September of the previous year, the commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron offered operational options to employ the forces then outside Charleston, South Carolina (and note that Dahlgren was in Washington at the time, and not with the fleet off South Carolina): 668 more words

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150th Anniversary--Battle of the Wilderness

My second great grandfather, Lawrence T. “Larl” Boling married Sarah Tapp, daughter of the now famous Catharine Dempsey “Widow Tapp,” (making her my 3rd great grandmother) because she had the misfortune of living on the land that became known as the “Wilderness Battlefield,” in Fredericksburg, Virginia, during the Civil War. 1,263 more words


Henry Hunt on "short howitzers for vertical fire"

When discussing artillery’s ballistic properties, the terms “horizontal fire” and “vertical fire” come into play.  As the names imply, these refer to the path of the projectile relative to the earth’s surface.  1,115 more words

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Welcome to the American Photo Colorizing.com photo blog. We colorize black & white photos for museums, educators, media . . . and families like yours. 206 more words


Tomorrow night I have the honor of giving a public lecture on the commemoration of World War I at the University of Minnesota’s new Rochester campus, part of the… 285 more words


Wainwright’s Diary, April 21, 1864: "We have two more warning notes of a start"

Another diary entry for Colonel Charles S. Wainwright.  Another report on the weather:

April 21, Thursday. Since Monday morning we have had fine, bright sunshine. 

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March 23rd - Wyndham


Today, born to Liverpool doctor Robert James Culverwell, a son Charles.

Despite being educated for a medical career, young Charles was to ultimately change his surname to Wyndham and become one of the best known actor-managers in British theatre history. 172 more words