Tag Archives: the Civil War

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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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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Ambrose Bierce and the Other Flag Debate

  For all those following the current debates over the display of Confederate flags, may find it of interest that the Confederate Battle Flag has been a bone of contention before, albeit under different circumstances. Ambrose Bierce, whom I have … Continue reading

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Nathan Bedford Forrest: The Symbol and the Reality

                   Friends, Politically Correct Republicans, Lend Me your Ears!                                                      I come to bury Nathan Bedford Forrest, not to praise him (sort of).      Enough of the bad Shakespeare. I normally do not mix current political discussions with my history, but it … Continue reading

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MEMENTO MORI

ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WE WILL TAKE A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT APPROACH TO THE LATE UNPLEASANTNESS. INSTEAD OF A NARRATIVE ESSAY WE WILL INSTEAD COMMEMORATE THE WAR DEAD IN PICTURES AND QUOTES. LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND THIS OF ANY … Continue reading

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The Booth Conspiracy: How Wide Was It?

On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth; that much is not in dispute.  Twelve days later, Booth was tracked down and fatally wounded in a burning barn on the Garrett farm in northern … Continue reading

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Of Maps and Men: Lieutenant Ambrose Bierce and Captain Levi T. Scofield

As I noted in my previous blog, right now in Middle Tennessee we are commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Autumn Campaign, which included actions at Columbia, Springhill (or Spring Hill as they put during the War), Franklin and Nashville.  Having … 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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BEHOLD A PALE RIDER: A CIVIL WAR GHOST TALE

TRUE OR NOT?  BIERCE’S TALE OF A “BAFFLED” AMBUSH Having just spent several years researching the wartime career of Ambrose Bierce, famous short story writer, Civil War soldier and aficionado of the bizarre and supernatural, readers will forgive me if, from time … Continue reading

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THE JINGLING HOLE: Uncivil War in Appalachia

  With Halloween fast approaching, our Civil War tales will be leaning more heavily to the supernatural side than normal, not that any time of the year isn’t a good time for a ghost story. Some years back, I published … Continue reading

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