Category Archives: Robert E. Lee

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 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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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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Starvation Christmas, Richmond,1864: A Civil War Christmas, Part 9

Christmas 1864 Richmond.  Christmas is traditionally a celebration of abundance and cheer, but as Dickens pointed out in his famous Yuletide tale, for many it can also be a time of want and need.  The South seceded to much jubilation … Continue reading

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The Haunted Homes of Robert E. Lee

During my extensive research for Ghosts and Haunts of the Civil War, strangely enough, I never came across references to any ghostly sightings of Robert E. Lee, the venerable commander of the Army of Northern Virginia and central figure in the … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Civil War Ghost Central

“In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls.” –Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, 20th Maine For Civil War buffs in general, and those … 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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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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Long Ago and Far Away: A Civil War Christmas, Part 5

CHRISTMAS, 1861. Across the Potomac from the White House in 1861, although thousands of soldiers faced each other with bayonet and gun and cannon, the attitudes among the combatants was far more merry than among Lincoln and his cabinet that … Continue reading

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