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Dinner with Charles Gould and Horatio Wright

I am always amazed at the amount of source material that is out there for historians who are willing to mine the depths of the treasure troves at our disposal. 1,459 more words


A Question of Morale

One of the controversial aspects of the Chancellorsville Campaign was the decision by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker to send his cavalry under Brig. Gen. George Stoneman into central Virginia. 452 more words


Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 20, 1862

The day began with Confederate soldiers, led by A.P. Hill’s Division, advancing back to Boteler’s Ford downstream from Shepherdstown, ordered there because of the alarm Pendleton created the previous night that crossing Federals captured all of his 44 guns (in reality, the Federals captured four). 337 more words


Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 19, 1862

As the darkness descended on September 18, the Army of Northern Virginia began to stir, using its cover to slip away, back across the Potomac River. 391 more words

Common Soldier

Question of the Week: 9/18-9/24/17

 September 17th was the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.

Do you have a favorite regiment or officer who fought at that battle?


A Confederate at Antietam

You never know what you will find in an archival collection.

Back in June, I spent a day at Emory University, digging through their vast Civil War holdings, much of which were collected by the late (and great) Bell I. 591 more words

Emerging Civil War

"Our Men Did Not Flinch": United States Colored Troops and the Shenandoah Valley

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jonathan Noyalas

On Sunday, April 3, 1864, troops from the 19th United States Colored Troops (USCT) marched west toward Winchester, Virginia, on the Berryville Pike. 1,692 more words

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