Tag Archives: Sesquicentennial of the Civil War

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 FALL OF NASHVILLE, FEBRUARY 25, 1862

On February 25, 1862, the city of Nashville fell to the Union Army of the Ohio.  In the aftermath of Grant’s famous victory at Forts Donelson and Henry, the importance of this event has tended to be overlooked by history … 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

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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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Home is the Hunter: Christmas, 1865. A Civil War Christmas

Christmas, 1865.  The fighting was over, the armies disbanded and all over the nation men were returning to hearth and home.  When the war began the country was an agrarian republic of dispersed and disputing communities; by war’s end the … Continue reading

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Causes of the Civil War: Another Perspective

While Flaggers, neo-Secessionists and other fringe groups continue to justify the Lost Cause, most thoughtful students of the Late Unpleasantness generally agree that preserving the Union was generally a good thing.  A modern corollary to this is the dogma that the … 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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Ambrose Bierce and the Other Flag Debate

  I have already declaimed on the current debate about the Confederate Flag and the ensuing spate political correctness–which I feel is more an exercise in bait and switch than dealing with the real issues–but the Confederate Battle Flag has been … Continue reading

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