Category Archives: Armies

The Death of Augustus Perkins

Early in the morning of December 11, 1862, Captain Augustus S. Perkins was shot through the neck and was likely dead before his body hit the ground. Falling victim to some of the opening shots of the Battle of Fredericksburg, … Continue reading

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From Raymond to Vicksburg: In the Footsteps of an Illinois Battery

A few weeks ago I was looking through the pictures that I took on the Western Tour Chris Mackowski, his daughter Steph and I did in May. As I progressed through the pictures of the Raymond battlefield and at Vicksburg, … Continue reading

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He Had Won for Himself an Honorable Name: Brig. Gen. John Chambliss’ Untimely Death

Today, we are pleased to welcome back author Jimmy Price The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign witnessed many dark days for the Army of Northern Virginia, but one that has received scant attention is August 16, 1864. On that day, Lee’s army lost … Continue reading

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The Dark Hills

The Dark Hills Dark hills at evening in the west, Where sunset hovers like a sound Of golden horns that sang to rest Old bones of warriors under ground,

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The Blue and Gray

At last weekend’s symposium, several people asked me about my lapel pin, which is a Korean taeguk of blue and gray swirls chasing each other – the classic “yin and yang” shape. (It is pictured below.) I periodically wear the … Continue reading

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Valor in Blue and Gray: Timothy O’Connor and Adam Ballenger at First Deep Bottom

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jimmy Price Part five in a series In my last post we finished off the First Battle of Deep Bottom by examining the final day of major fighting, July 28, 1864. … Continue reading

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An Early Proposal for Chemical Warfare

In the autumn of 1861 Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan received an unsolicited letter from a naval engineer who recommended the use of poisonous vapors inside artillery shells. Though he declined to provide any detailed schematics of the means with … Continue reading

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Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

This is part two in the series by guest historian Drew Gruber. For part one, click here. On the morning of October 3, 1781, British Colonels Tarleton and Thomas Dundas led another expedition north towards Gloucester Courthouse and away from … Continue reading

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Distracted

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Mike Block Distracted. I don’t believe the words “Stonewall Jackson” and “distracted” have been used in the same sentence. So, it might come as a surprise when I state that Stonewall Jackson … Continue reading

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Reward for Service

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub Firing had been growing in intensity all along the line. The skirmishers of Governeur Warren’s V Corps were hotly engaged with Richard Ewell’s Confederates. The Army of the Potomac … Continue reading

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