Category Archives: Civil War Leaders

“CONSUMATE MASTER OF NEEDLESS DEFEAT” GENERAL OLIVER O. HOWARD

  AN EMINENT FEDERAL GENERAL During the Civil War and after, Oliver Otis Howard was held in high regard by General Sherman and other Union commanders; why that was, heaven only knows. Sherman praised Howard in a letter to Grant … Continue reading

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Good Friday: The Day Lincoln Died

       Today is the day that Lincoln died. It was on April 14, 1865—another Good Friday to be precise—that Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth President, was murdered in cold blood.  Young Mary Brennan, an Irish immigrant only recently arrived to … Continue reading

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THE FALL OF FORT DONELSON: The Battle That Sealed the Confederacy’s Fate

February 16, 1862 was perhaps the most important date in the Civil War, the day the Confederate Army besieged at Fort Donelson fell to the Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant. Why was it the most important date, … Continue reading

Posted in Civil War History, Civil War Leaders, Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, General Lewis Wallace, General W. H. L . Wallace, Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War, Nashville, Nathan Bedford Forrest, The American Civil War, The Paranoral Presidency of Abraham Lincoln | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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 troops camped along the Tennessee River in west Tennessee.  At Pittsburg Landing, where … Continue reading

Posted in Ambrose Bierce, Battle of Shiloh, Civil War ghosts, Civil War Historians, Civil War History, Civil War Leaders, General Lewis Wallace, Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War, Hazen's Brigade, The American Civil War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nathan Bedford Forrest: The Symbol and the Reality

Friends, Politically Correct Partisans, Lend Me your Ears!  I come to bury Nathan Bedford Forrest, not to praise him (sort of). Enough of the bad Shakespeare imitation. I normally do not mix current political discussions with history, but it seems we … Continue reading

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MEMENTO MORI

ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WE WILL TAKE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THE LATE UNPLEASANTNESS. INSTEAD OF A NARRATIVE ESSAY WE WILL INSTEAD COMMEMORATE THE WAR DEAD IN PICTURES AND QUOTES. LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND THIS OF ANY … 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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Of Maps and Men: Lt. Ambrose Bierce and Capt. Levi T. Scofield

After devoting several years delving deeply into the military career of Ambrose Bierce, famed American satirist and short story writer, I am always interested in finding new first hand accounts of campaigns and battles he fought in.  In the Autumn of … Continue reading

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JEFF DAVIS’ FAVORITE HAUNTS

  In the pantheon of the Lost Cause myth, Jefferson Davis has never figured very large. Lord knows his small but loyal following has tried, but the truth is, compared to Lee, Stuart and Stonewall, old Jeffie has never been … 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

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