Category Archives: Chickamauga

THRILLED AT RESACA: An Old Masterpiece of the Civil War Restored

Having devoted several years working on a book about Ambrose Bierce and the Civil War and spending the last several months wrapping things up on that project–which has included combing archives and other resources for appropriate illustrations–it caught my attention when … Continue reading

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The Battle of Nashville: A Commemoration

   “Six men are on a hill—a general and his staff.  Below, in the gray fog of a winter morning, an army, which has left its entrenchments, is moving upon those of the enemy—creeping silently into position.  In an hour … Continue reading

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BEHOLD A PALE RIDER: A CIVIL WAR GHOST TALE

TRUE OR NOT?  BIERCE’S TALE OF A “BAFFLED” AMBUSH Having just spent several years researching the wartime career of Ambrose Bierce, famous short story writer, Civil War soldier and aficionado of the bizarre and supernatural, readers will forgive me if, from time … Continue reading

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John Basil Turchin: The Russian Thunderbolt

>With war and rebellion in Russia and Ukraine in the news lately, it seems timely to relate the case of one of the Civil War’s more interesting figures: John Basil Turchin, aka Ivan Vasiliyevich Turchenoff (Ива́н Васи́льевич Турчани́нов), but known … Continue reading

Posted in Abraham Lincoln, Ambrose Bierce, An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge, Atlanta, Battle of Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Civil War History, Civil War Leaders, General John Turchin, Ivan Vasiliyevicch Turchinoff, The Russian Thunderbolt, Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

General Debility and General Winter: A Civil War Christmas, Part 11

Christmas, 1864  The valiant Army of Tennessee had been smashed; the tattered remnants were in full retreat as they were closely pursued by General Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland.  During the pursuit, a brigadier sends an urgent message to his divisional … Continue reading

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The Battles and Bleaters of the Civil War: Some Thoughts on the History of the History of the War

This edition of the Late Unpleasantness deals not so much about any specific person or event of the Civil War as it does about the search for the truth of what really happened between 1860 and 1866.  That may seem … Continue reading

Posted in Abraham Lincoln, Ambrose Bierce, Battle of Franklin, Battle of Missionary Ridge, Battle of Shiloh, Battle of Springhill, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Civil War Historians, Civil War History, Civil War Leaders, General John Bell Hood, Robert E. Lee, The American Civil War, The Army of Cumberland, The Army of Tennessee, Ulysses S. Grant | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

John Bell Hood: Eminent Confederate

CONTROVERSY, n. A battle in which spittle or ink replaces the injurious cannon-ball and the inconsiderate bayonet.  Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary. There are many controversial individuals who fought in the Civil War on both sides of the conflict, just as … Continue reading

Posted in Ambrose Bierce, Atlanta, Battle of Franklin, Battle of Springhill, Chickamauga, Civil War Historians, Civil War History, Civil War Leaders, General George Thomas, General John Bell Hood, Nashville, The American Civil War, The Army of Cumberland, The Army of Tennessee, The Battle of Nashville, Ulysses S. Grant | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

For Want of a Nail: The Autumn Campaign of 1864 (revisited)

Since a previous post has recently come in for some criticism by an expert on the subject, I am reposting it here, along with the comment; then in my next post I will address the criticism.  In the meantime, I … Continue reading

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William B. Hazen, the “Best Hated” Man in the Army

William Babcock Hazen was born in Vermont in 1830, but his family moved westward from New England to the Midwest when he was still young. After graduating from West Point in 1855, he spent most of his early military career … Continue reading

Posted in 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Ambrose Bierce, An Occurance at Owl Creek Bridge, Atlanta, Battle of Shiloh, Battle of Stone's River, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Civil War History, Civil War Leaders, Easter, General William B. Hazen, Hazen's Brigade, Nashville, The American Civil War, The Army of Cumberland, Ulysses S. Grant | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment