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 Stone’s River

I had been on a discussion board on LinkedIn in reference to Ambrose Bierce’s Civil War writings recently–a favorite topic of mine, since I just finished a book dealing specifically with his war career. In passing I mentioned that both … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 8

Christmas 1864 would be the last Christmas of the war. In the span of a year things had changed radically; while the North had not yet won, nor was the final outcome yet secure, everywhere it seemed that Union forces … Continue reading

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

1863 was a pivotal year for all, even if many folk 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 … 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 optimism of the Rebels had been dimmed by the defeats at Forts Donelson and Henry, the loss of Nashville … Continue reading

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