Category Archives: Civilian

Name Change Alert!!

I know it is politically incorrect nowadays for a woman to take the name of the man she marries (or whatever!), but I am formally–OK–informally!–announcing that Robert Groeling and I got married on July 4 of this year. I will … Continue reading

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“The stain of innocent blood had been removed from the land”: 150th of the Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators

Abraham Lincoln had been laid to rest for just over two months, as had John Wilkes Booth, albeit in much different settings. On its way to Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln’s funeral train crisscrossed some 1,600 miles of the country, stopping to … Continue reading

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Who Won the Sesquicentennial?

Just as the last reenactment ink was dry on the last reenactment surrender, all heck seemed to break loose across the nation: police were accused of killing black men–young and old, the Confederate Southern Cross ignited fear and loathing, and … Continue reading

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The Port Royal Experiment-Setting the Stage for Reconstruction, Part 4

Conclusion to the Port Royal Experiment series.   Despite the preparation, the enthusiasm, and the progress of the Gideonites based in Port Royal, South Carolina, the government had separate ideas for how Reconstruction should be structured. Educationally, the experiment was … Continue reading

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Mary Anne Bickerdyke or Martha Stewart?

The book I am reading is Civil War Medicine: Care & Comfort of the Wounded, by Robert E. Denney. Denny is a pretty interesting read, interspersing letters and official correspondence with a running commentary of the war. He is also … Continue reading

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Review: “A Not So Happy Ending”

Review of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, by Brian Matthew Jordan The devastation of the American Civil War is well known; casualties in that fraternal bloodbath exceeded 750,000 and the South was wrecked. Less known and … Continue reading

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William Child and the Grand Review

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the Army of the Potomac’s Grand Review through the streets of Washington, D.C.  William Child, Surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, who had just weeks earlier witnessed the assassination of President Lincoln … Continue reading

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Origins of Memorial Day

Today as we take a moment to reflect upon those American veterans that gave “their last full measure of devotion,” at the same time we also honor the earliest origins of this day. Discover how newly-freed African-Americans honored Union war … Continue reading

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Building Ohio’s Army

Today we are pleased to welcome guest author Gordy Morgan As the Federal government began mobilizing for civil war, Ohio was neither sufficiently organized nor adequately equipped to help fight it. But it more than made up for these deficiencies … Continue reading

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The Capture of Jefferson Davis, part two

Part two in a series After his meeting with Colonel Henry Harnden of the 1st Wisconsin on May 9th, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Pritchard took his 4th Michigan troopers to Abbeville Georgia. His assigned mission was to picket the crossings of … Continue reading

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