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The Letters of Surgeon William Child

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dan Welch. Dan continues to chronicle the letters of a surgeon in the Army of the Potomac. 1,458 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

A Matter of Interpretation

On the way to Southbridge, Mr S and I were discussing the last “big” event for the year, and whether or not we wanted to go. 592 more words

Living History


Tuesday is Veteran’s Day, and the difference between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day is one of mortality. Veteran’s Day honors those serving, and living veterans. Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who gave their last, full measure, has its roots specifically in the Civil War, with Ladies Associations and Remembrance Days. 261 more words

Books & Authors

“I regret that fate thrust such a duty upon me…” Mosby, Custer and the Black Flag in the Shenandoah Valley Part II

part two of two

Since the execution of Mosby Ranger Albert Willis at Flint Hill on October 14, 1864, Mosby sought revenge for what he considered to be the unlawful execution of seven of his men.   795 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

The Men of Cattaraugus County: Why They Fought

Last week, I mentioned a rather sick-to-my-stomach turn of events in Cattaraugus County, New York (where I teach). County legislators want to demolish the Civil War memorial in order to put in a parking lot. 495 more words

Books & Authors

Long Abraham Lincoln a Little Longer: Soldier Voting in the Election of 1864 Pt. 4

 Many Democrats were hoping that the men in the field, particularly those in the Army of the Potomac, would remain loyal to former commanding general George McClellan. 1,290 more words


Long Abraham Lincoln a Little Longer: Soldier Voting in the Election of 1864 Pt. 3  

Despite provisions by most states, efforts by the Democratic Party ensured widespread disenfranchisement of many Union soldiers. Every state that attempted to amend legislation to provide for some method of soldier voting failed if voted on by a legislature with a Democratic majority. 795 more words