Monthly Archives: June 2012

Question of the Day: Reenactments?

In reading Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields this week, I came across a passage where author Edward Tabor Linenthal referenced a speech made in 1962 by Civil War historian Bruce Catton. Speaking at Gettysburg College, Catton was previewing the … Continue reading

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Service in Days Gone By

June 25th will mark the 136th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. However, this post is not meant to discuss the tactics, recent archeological findings and conclusions or to analyze the conduct of the senior officers of the … Continue reading

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Bloody Field, Peaceful Field

On a recent trip to the Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania I was again struck by the beauty of the battlefields.  Today, not a shadow of the violence, pain, and intensity remains on the fields where so many fell almost 150 … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 8

Part eight in a series. Southern postwar writings were also particularly influential in how they helped to shape the nation’s collective understanding of the war and its meaning. In the south Confederate Veteran Magazine was very popular among historians and … Continue reading

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“Damn the Torpedoes…or the Birds”

The Farragut Statue sits in the apporpriately namedFarragut Park in Washington D.C. and was sponsored by Congress in 1872. The statue and memorial park is preserved and maintained by the National Park Service as part of the National Mall and … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 7

Part seven in a series. In the post-war years many veterans wrote long and influential memoirs of the war. Some Western Theater veterans wrote of their experiences, but not to the extent that their eastern counterparts did.  Why were post-war … Continue reading

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Up at the Heights

From the Sunken Road, looking up at Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg (Kris and Chris are out on the battlefield taking pictures today for an upcoming book. What a glorious day to be battlefielding!)

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Quote of the Day

‎”I think I am a verb instead of a personal pronoun. A vet signifies to be, to do, to suffer. I signify all these.” – Ulysses S Grant

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The Wounding of the other “Confederate Steuart”

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cross Keys. Along with the engagement at Port Republic the following day, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson repulsed two separate Federal forces. This culminated his highly successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign of … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 6

Part six in a series. Dramatic battles and political events also kept the northern eyes of the press and thus the public focused eastward. The Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg for example were dreams for media personnel. The … Continue reading

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