Category Archives: The Army of Northern Virginia

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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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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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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Bloody Antietam: the Phantom Carolers and other Battlefield Haunts

The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 was the bloodiest single day in American History. The casualties on that day exceeded the casualties of all of America’s previous wars combined. That such awful butchery would leave its mark on the … 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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First Virginia Cavalry Halted after sketch by Alfred Waud

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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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