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I Have No Desire to Return Until This War is Settled: The Motives and Sacrifice of Sgt. Paul Kuhl, 15th New Jersey Volunteers

Today we are pleased to welcome guest author William Griffith.

The individual motives for why men fought in the American Civil War were personally unique to every soldier. 2,582 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

Hits of the Sixties!

Now that Sherman is marching through Georgia, albeit retroactively, I thought it time to discuss a little ditty that is guaranteed to make Confederate blood boil: Henry Clay Work’s… 773 more words


“The Very Essence of Nightmare”—The Battle of Plymouth, NC, and the Destruction of the CSS Albemarle, pt. III

We are pleased today to welcome back guest author Sam Smith
part three in a series

As the Albemarle approached Union Navy Captain Charles Flusser was rapidly making dispositions to meet the it. 706 more words


Escape from Hellmira!

One hundred and fifty years ago today, Confederate prisoners being held in Elmira Prison in upstate New York started construction on a tunnel that would allow ten men to burrow their way to freedom. 109 more words

Common Soldier

Camp Life

When I don’t manage to write up the weekend quickly, I risk forgetting what happened, which is sad when you think how intense the time can be. 759 more words

Living History

Slow Business at the "Fruit and Oyster House"

Some of the best images of the American Civil War can be found in the long campaign around the city of Petersburg. Teams of photographers swooped over the battlefield to document the story, capturing impressive shots of the massive fortifications and staggering casualties. 224 more words

Emerging Civil War

Empathy for the Enemy

While researching this week at the University of Virginia I found a highly valuable resource in the letters of Adjutant Joseph Tatnall Lea, who served on the staff of Colonel Regis de Trobriand in the Autumn of 1863. 558 more words

Emerging Civil War