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Finding Sheldon Appleby

I know Sheldon and Mary Appleby only through their handwriting and by their daughter, Nell—my great-great-grandmother, “Grandma Nellie,” whom I know, in turn, only by name. 821 more words

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The Future of Civil War History: An Interview with Dana Shoaf (part three)

part three of five

In our conversation yesterday, Dana Shoaf—editor of Civil War Times—expressed some of his concerns about the disconnect between academic historians and the general public. 979 more words

Books & Authors

Dr. Henry A. Minor’s Account of Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox

We are pleased to share an account passed along to us by Mary Zelinka, who reaches out to us all the way from Albany, Oregon. Mary shares with us an account from her ancestor, Dr. 1,340 more words

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Defense in Depth as a Revolutionary War Battlefield Tactic

Part 4
(click here for first three parts)

As we have seen, two untrained, amateur, but very effective soldiers perfected the concept of the defense in depth during the campaigns of 1781. 427 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861-Part IV

Robert Garnett received word of his army’s defeat at Rich Mountain on the night of July 11.  He had to move quickly, as a Federal force advancing from the Rich Mountain battlefield that occupied the town of Beverly would be in a position to cut off his line of retreat back to the Shenandoah Valley. 695 more words

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