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A Review of Mercy Street: The Miniseries That Could Have Been Worse

Today we’re pleased to welcome guest author Paige Gibbons Backus, the Historic Site Manager for Ben Lomond Historic Site, a Civil War hospital museum located in Manassas, Virginia. 822 more words

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"The Great Winter Battles" of the Army of Tennessee

Yesterday, Kris White wrote about some of the great winter battles of the Army of Northern Virginia. That called to mind an account from Sam Watkins of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which wintered in Dalton, Georgia “during the cold, bad winter of 1863-64, about four months.” They, too, had some great winter battles, as Watkins described in his now-famous memoir… 153 more words

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A Daring Dash in the Wilderness

One of my favorite stories from the battle of the Wilderness is a small tale of daring-do passed along by Theodore Gerrish of the 20th Maine. 403 more words

Battles

Daniel Boone

Full disclosure: Mr. Brown is a fan of the reviewer’s blog and I received a copy of the DVD for review purposes.

Kent Masterson Brown is likely known to many readers as an author and historian of the War Between the States. 1,242 more words

Every Dog Has Its Day: The Most Optimistic Prisoner?

John Peterson, a forty-four year old farmer from Catawba County, enlisted as a private into Company D of the 28th North Carolina on October 28, 1864. 489 more words

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Thomas Nast’s Divided Christmas

On this day in 1863 Thomas Nast’s Christmas Eve forced the readers of Harper’s Weekly to confront the hardships of a war-torn wintry season. Though drawn in 1862, the image occupied a double-page spread in the January 3, 1863 edition of the popular illustrated newspaper. 14 more words

Thomas Nast’s Divided Christmas

On this day in 1863 Thomas Nast’s Christmas Eve forced the readers of Harper’s Weekly to confront the hardships of a war-torn wintry season. Though drawn in 1862, the image occupied a double-page spread in the January 3, 1863 edition of the popular illustrated newspaper. 1,039 more words

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