Category Archives: Battles

“The Very Essence of Nightmare”—The Battle of Plymouth, NC, and the Destruction of the CSS Albemarle, pt. V

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Smith for the final part of his series In October of 1864, Lieutenant William B. Cushing, an old friend of the late Captain Flusser, embarked on a daring raid to destroy the ship … Continue reading

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I Have No Desire to Return Until This War is Settled: The Motives and Sacrifice of Sgt. Paul Kuhl, 15th New Jersey Volunteers

Today we are pleased to welcome guest author William Griffith. The individual motives for why men fought in the American Civil War were personally unique to every soldier. Some fought for patriotism, manhood, and freedom from bondage for others. Some … Continue reading

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“The Very Essence of Nightmare”—The Battle of Plymouth, NC, and the Destruction of the CSS Albemarle, pt. IV

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Smith part four of a series By daybreak on April 20, with a couple of signal shots from the Albermarle, Confederate infantry rushed forward toward the forts defending Plymouth. The Union defenders opened fire as soon … Continue reading

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Already Looking Toward Next Weekend?

As one weekend wraps up and we stare at the conventional work week that unfolds in front of us, it is human nature to wonder about the upcoming weekend and start to think of plans. For some this is the … Continue reading

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Two “Keys” and 47 Years

On September 14, 2014, the nation will pass a milestone anniversary. 200 years prior, Francis Scott Key penned “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a poem, which later, when adapted to music, would be come the United States of America’s national anthem. … Continue reading

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“Never forget”: Remembering Antietam on 9/11

It has become my custom on 9/11 to think back to a different day during a different September when America suffered an even more catastrophic loss of life. As I explained two years ago, the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 17, … Continue reading

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“The Very Essence of Nightmare”—The Battle of Plymouth, NC, and the Destruction of the CSS Albemarle, pt. III

We are pleased today to welcome back guest author Sam Smith part three in a series As the Albemarle approached Union Navy Captain Charles Flusser was rapidly making dispositions to meet the it. He chained the USS Southfield to the USS Miami, … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: Introduction to a Series

Part one in a series. The decision to place Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan in command of the Army of the Shenandoah in August, 1864 came as a surprise to many in the North. Sheridan had never before directed an … Continue reading

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“The Very Essence of Nightmare”—The Battle of Plymouth, NC, and the Destruction of the CSS Albemarle, pt. II

We’re pleased today to welcome back guest author Sam Smith part two in a series The battle of Plymouth was particularly savage. The Confederate brigades were composed of tough veterans, the men having seen combat in places like the West … Continue reading

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“Atlanta Is Ours”

Defeat at Jonesboro ended John Bell Hood’s hopes of holding Atlanta. He abandoned the city the evening of September 1, destroying all useful military stores that could not be moved (a scene later immortalized in the book and film Gone … Continue reading

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