Category Archives: The Army of Cumberland

“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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GENERALS BEHAVING BADLY: AMBROSE BIERCE ON INCOMPETENCE, DRUNKENNESS AND OTHER QUIRKS OF SENIOR COMMANDERS

Lt. Ambrose Bierce, future journalist, editor and author, fought with the Army of the Cumberland in the Western Theater throughout the war and knew most of the Union commanders first hand. Ambrose Bierce’s pronouncements on the American Civil War are … Continue reading

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OF MULES AND MEN: Ambrose Bierce and the “Fog” of War

  It was Winston Churchill, I believe, who once said that “truth is the first casualty of war.” For anyone perusing Bierce’s writings on the Civil War, we can see that this is a dictum which Bierce would have heartily … 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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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 Battle of Nashville was notable in a number of regards, not least for the extensive use of United States Colored Troops (or USCT) in an active combat role and for their part in the overwhelming Union victory. In the … 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

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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