Tag Archives: Civil War

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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EllSWORTH’S GHOST: The Phantom Zouave

Today’s article was originally published in our sister blog about unexplained phenomena of the South, Dixie Spirits, itself based on my book by the same name.  In that tome we investigated the Custis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House, which … Continue reading

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The Western Conspiracies: The Long Road to Secession, Part III

  How far back does the history of Secessionism go?  To the 1850’s?  The 1830’s?  1820’s?  As we saw in part II, there was a secessionist movement during the War of 1812, one which had nothing to do with slavery.  … Continue reading

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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 SLAVERY WAS NOT THE REAL CAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR: The Road to Secession Part I

Ever since a deranged racial terrorist burst into a Black church in Charleston last year and murdered the people there, politicos of all stripes have been on a iconoclastic Jihad against symbols of the Civil War throughout the South and … 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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Ambrose Bierce: Spymaster?

Having spent the last several years researching, then writing, about noted American author Ambrose Bierce’s wartime service during the Civil War, one would think by now that I had uncovered all there was to know about the man noted for … Continue reading

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The Last Surrender

As every fool knows—or every fool of a Civil War buff should know—the Confederacy did not end with General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox; nor did it end when Uncle Joe surrendered to Uncle Billie in North Carolina. No, nor did … Continue reading

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The Odyssey of the CSS Stonewall

Some friends and I were discussing the Civil War the other day—a common topic.  The subject came up, when did the war end?  “On April 9, 1865, of course, when Lee surrendered to Grant,” said one.  “No,” said another, “when … Continue reading

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