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"Therefore we prefer bad weather at this time"

In the spirit of the holiday I thought I would highlight a curious item that a soldier in the trenches at Petersburg was thankful for. “We have had some very cold weather, the ground has been frozen hard but now the weather is more mild and cloudy, threatening rain,” wrote Lieutenant John Lewis Warlick of the 11th North Carolina in a letter on November 27, 1864, in what first appears to be a complaint to his sweetheart. 98 more words

Emerging Civil War

Obama Pardons Cheese in 2014!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 marks another year in which a turkey received a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2014 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from Ohio, and will live to gobble another day at the nationally recognized livestock facility at the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, home of George Washington. 1,168 more words

Books & Authors

The Anatomy of a Charge

Recently I have been researching various Civil War frontal assaults to help put the decisive April 2, 1865 storming of the Petersburg lines into perspective for my upcoming book… 632 more words

Emerging Civil War

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