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A Soldier's Letter: "I will ask no greater honor"

“Every man was born for some purpose and if it is my lot to leave earth on the battle field, I can only say . . 140 more words

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The Sounds of Spring

Here in Petersburg, Virginia we are happy to finally once more see the ground after a recent and unusual spell of endless snow and ice. With a cheered spirit I took a look into the archives to search for the opinions of the soldiers in the trenches in 1865 as the weather warmed. 315 more words

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Towards a Respectable Army

One of the enduring myths of the Revolution is that the Americans won by using superior tactics, using cover and concealment while the British fought in lines. 701 more words


The Civil War: Regional, Regimental and Personal Experiences

We don’t normally post information here about academic conferences, but this one is a little different (and I have a vested interest in it!).

On August 1st, 2015, St. 399 more words

Books & Authors

This Preparation of Husks: Desiccated Vegetables and the Union Army

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author James Brookes.

Federal soldiers often mused over the origins of the rations issued to them. One supplement, “furnished in lieu of potatoes, rice and peas or beans”, particularly perplexed them. 1,426 more words

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William Child in 1865

A new year was well underway in the Army of the Potomac’s camps outside of Petersburg, Virginia when William Child, Surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire wrote to his wife Carrie. 1,468 more words

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Peale's Progress, or, High on History

No, we didn’t go, and I have regrets. Six weeks before the event, I thought I was working on January 3rd, and by the time the schedule changed, it was too late. 433 more words

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