Category Archives: Civil War Historians

The Long, Long, Road to Secession: Part II New England

  As noted in our previous essay, the notion that slavery “caused” the Civil War seems to be in vogue again these days as a matter of political dogma, although any serious historian of the era would, or should, know … Continue reading

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Why We Are Is: McPherson vs Bierce

The Pulitzer Prize winning historian James McPherson, in summing up his 900 page history of the Late Unpleasantness, famously observed that after the Civil War our country, The United States of America, which used to referred to in the plural … Continue reading

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Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Sunday is a day of rest, or it should be; all the more so if it is Easter Sunday.  April sixth, 1862 started out that way for the Union forces camped along the Tennessee River.  At Pittsburg Landing, where most … 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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Show and Tell: the Franklin Civil War Show

Normally I don’t blog about current events and prefer to focus on subjects directly related to the Civil War, especially the more esoteric or unusual aspects of the Late Unpleasantness.  Since there is so much going on in Middle Tennessee … Continue reading

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Captain Aldrich and the “Dance of Death”

The 17th Infantry, United States Colored Troops, was initially organized in the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in the fall of 1863, soon after the Battle of Chickamauga. It began by recruiting a combination of local “contrabands,” some 300 like minded … 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

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Sex n’ Drugs n’ Civil War: What great grandpa never bothered to mention about his service in the War of the Rebellion

In recent months a bit of controversy has arisen over one Southern general’s alleged drug use.  A new biography has come out by a distant descendant vehemently denying a “slander” that the said commander was under the influence of either … Continue reading

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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

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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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