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"Was Taken Prisoner": A Pennsylvanian in the Wilderness and Andersonville

On May 5, 1864, my wife’s great-great-great grandfather, Levi Bowen,  was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of the Wilderness. By the spring of 1864, Levi,  a member of Company H, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves was a seasoned veteran. 327 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

The Massachusetts Sacrifice

In 1861 in answer to President Lincoln’s call, Boston Irishman Thomas Cass began recruiting Irish immigrants to form the Massachusetts 9th regiment.  The volunteers came largely from Boston and the nearby towns of Salem, Milford, Marlboro and Stoughton. 360 more words


Billy Yank, Johnny Reb and Christmas on the Rappahannock, 1862

Perhaps the only really merry Christmas that soldiers of the Union Army of the Potomac enjoyed during their service was in 1861. The army was in still encamped around Washington, training. 1,287 more words

American Civil War

Analysing 19th Century Emigration, A Case Study: Dissecting One Irishman's Letter Home

As regular readers are aware, I have long been an advocate of the need to study the thousands of Irish-American letters contained within the Civil War Widows & Dependent Pension Files. 3,216 more words

Irish American Civil War

The Spoils

When the last stone has been cast,

The last shadow has past,

Brother will kill brother,

Man will kill man,

Ares’ laughter rolls like thunder, 49 more words


Glory Road, by Bruce Catton*****

Bruce Catton was known as a popular historian when he first published books about the American Civil War, because of his narrative nonfiction format. All of the books being released digitally now are ones previously published in a non-digital age. 731 more words

Book Blog

A Midsummer Night's Dream Wraps Up!

We finished up the Shakespeare classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on July 31st. It was a really great event!

We’d like to thank the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Service and Vakos Live! 281 more words