Category Archives: Civilian

Shaping Chancellorsville: Cementing the Story

Part eight of a series The area on the Chancellorsville battlefield known as Fairview was a central point of action during the fighting on May 3. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (FSNMP) already owned much of the land there … Continue reading

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Lee’s HQ at Gettysburg, 151 Years Ago

Earlier this week, in conjunction with the 151st anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War Trust announced a $5.5 million fund-raising effort to acquire Lee’s Headquarters, located on the July 1 battlefield. Visitors today know the property as … Continue reading

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A Little Poetry

Sometimes in the middle of all the carnage, a little poetry helps to clear one’s vision. After all, the American Civil War was about some pretty defining things, a few of which are still undergoing examination.

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“These poor girls died stainlessly in the midst of youth and beauty”: The Washington Arsenal Explosion

We are pleased today to welcome back guest author Ryan Quint. In the midst of the 150th Anniversaries of the Overland Campaign, the road to Atlanta, and the opening shots of Petersburg, it is easy to overlook other events that … Continue reading

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“Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause” by Heath Hardage Lee

Varina Anne Davis, called “Winnie,” was born in the Confederate White House in June, 1864. She instantly became the symbol of hope for the entire Confederate nation. Author and southern women’s history writer Heath Hardage Lee, also born in Richmond, has … Continue reading

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An Excerpt from “No Turning Back”

Today, to follow part of the Federal march south, we’re pleased to bring you excerpts from No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign by Robert M. Dunkerly, Donald C. Pfanz, and David R. Ruth. Stop 26: The … Continue reading

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Resaca the cat at Resaca the battle

It’s interesting what sometimes happens in battles–in the middle of a holocaust of death and destruction, an event of extreme contradiction occurs. At Resaca, one of those events occurred. As the gunners of Cobb’s Kentucky Battery worked feverishly to pour … Continue reading

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Snake Creek Gap, 150 Years Later

150 years ago, a little boy was enjoying a spring morning when soon his brother came riding to the family home, exclaiming that the Yankees were just over the hill and headed toward the family farm, which lay along the … Continue reading

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A Walk Across Spindle Field/Laurel Hill

At 7:45 a.m., the running battle between Robinson’s division and retreating Confederate cavalry came to an abrupt end along a ridge on the southern edge of Sarah Spindle’s farm. Robinson’s exhausted men, jumbled and confused by the running engagement, once … Continue reading

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Death of a Hero

I wonder if I could ever convey to another–to you, for instance, Reader dear–the tender and terrible realities of such cases, (many, many happen’d,) as the one I am now going to mention……..Stewart C. Glover, Co. E., Fifth Wisconsin–was wounded, … Continue reading

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