Category Archives: Campaigns

Through the Carolinas: Aspects of Sherman’s Second March

From the beginning of February to the latter part of March, 1865 Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s Army Group traversed the swamps, rivers and lowlands of the Carolinas. This was no small undertaking. Sherman faced a heady task. He would … Continue reading

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Onward from Columbia: Experiences of Union Soldiers in Sherman’s Armies

Writing after the end of the war, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman wrote that his armies left Columbia South Carolina “utterly ruined”. Resuming their march, Sherman wrote “the right wing began its march northward, towards Winnsboro, on the 20th, which … Continue reading

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Rebels Down Under: Conclusion

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. Conclusion of a Series. Mr. William Blanchard, United States Consul in Melbourne, desperately applied every legal trick to have Shenandoah seized, all to no avail. As long as they … Continue reading

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Rebels Down Under: Part Two

We are pleased to welcome back guest author, Dwight Hughes. Part two in a series. Despite pro-Yankee sentiments in Melbourne, the preponderance of sympathy was for the South, echoing the feelings of many in Great Britain. Conspicuous in gray uniforms, … Continue reading

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Rebels Down Under

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. Part One in a Series. One hundred fifty years ago this month, the CSS Shenandoah steamed into Hobson’s Bay, Melbourne, Australia with flag flying. Vessels large and small saluted … Continue reading

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George Washington Remembers

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Bert Dunkerly. General George Washington looks back at us from marble statues or stiff paintings with a grim-faced and determined look. Known for his dignity, resolve, and sound leadership, he seems cold … Continue reading

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Ice on the Rappahannock

This picture was taken early Sunday afternoon, February 15, 2015, of the Middle Pontoon Crossing site at the Fredericksburg City Dock. Ferry Farm can be seen on the opposite bank at the center of the picture.

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The Swamp Lizard Gets His Nickname

As the second week of February, 1865 opened Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s armies were nearing the South Carolina capitol, Columbia.  Since leaving Savannah, the Yankees had covered well over one hundred miles. In the course of their trek, the armies had crossed … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Memory

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest authors Drew and Kate Gruber. “There appears to be a romantic desire urging the South Carolinians to have possession of this work, which was so nobly defended by their ancestors in 1776…” wrote … Continue reading

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Exploring Jericho Mills

It feels more like late March than late January as we walk across the field at Jericho Mills. The sky is as open and clear as the ground we’re walking across. Dried cow patties dot the field like landmines, and barbed wire … Continue reading

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