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"The garrison appears in good spirits.": Huguenin takes command of Fort Sumter

With the death of Captain John Mitchel on July 20, 1864, Captain Thomas A. Huguenin arrived to assume command of Fort Sumter.  The moment was critical for the garrison, and to no small degree the defenses of Charleston.  788 more words

American Civil War

The War of Beards and Fire: Post 3: Orion

8th March 1861,  

Orion sat on the low wall near the entrance to the fort, rifle slung over his shoulder he let the cool air breeze through his bare head, slouch hat resting on the stone beside him. 1,035 more words


Morbid History: Wounded American Civil War Soldiers

The American Civil War is considered the first modern war ever to be fought. While still using 18th century battle techniques they had weapons that were technologically advanced. 353 more words


Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes, 4th NC Infantry

Captain Jesse Sharpe Barnes enlisted in the 4th North Carolina Infantry, Co. F at the age of 18 on May 16, 1861 and a little over a year later he was dead,  killed at the Battle of Seven Pines in Virginia on May 31, 1861.  232 more words

July 22, 1864: Witnesses to the death of General McPherson

On this day in July, 1864, Confederate General John B. Hood launched a flank attack on the Federals on the east side of Atlanta.  This was the second such attack by Hood since taking command of the Army of Tennessee, following the Battle of Peachtree Creek two days earlier. 895 more words

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Forgotten Presidents, Part 1: Millard Who?

“Millard? Is that a guys’ name?”

Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States, serving from 1850-1853. He was also the last U.S. President to not be affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties. 369 more words

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The last Confederate burial: Discovering the H. L. Hunley

In 2014 the 150th anniversary of a daring raid was marked. On a moonlit evening off the coast of South Carolina a submarine and its eight-member crew slipped to the bottom of the sea after a military success that changed naval warfare.

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