Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Two Generals Wallace Part 1

In all the chronicles, memoirs and histories of the war, then and now, some generals have, fairly or not, gotten a disproportionate share of attention. Of course, it is easy to see how Grant and Lee should get the lion’s … Continue reading

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A Cold Night at Stones River

In surveying Ambrose Bierce’s war literature, one will inevitably come across two anthologies which had supposedly collected all AGB’s stories and memoirs related to the Civil War. Unfortunately, both anthologies, while each work has its merits, both omitted at least … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 8

Christmas 1864 In the span of a year things had changed radically. While the North had not yet won, and the ultimate outcome was not yet certain, everywhere it seemed that Union forces were advancing inevitably onward to a final … Continue reading

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Christmas 1863: “Ought it not be merry Christmas?” A Civil War Christmas, Part 7

1863 was a pivotal year for all, even if many, North and South, could not see it yet. During the summer, the North had made three stunning victories, all at the same time: on the Fourth of July Grant took … Continue reading

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Another view of Christmas Eve

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Christmas, 1862: A Civil War Christmas, Part 6

CHRISTMAS 1862. It had been a bloody year and December of 1862 proved to be a bloody month. The confidence and initial optimism of the Rebels had been dashed by the series of defeats at Forts Donelson and Henry in … Continue reading

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