Category Archives: Civilian

Williamsburg’s Dividing Line

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Drew Gruber. As Rockefeller’s team began the great restoration of Williamsburg to its appearance in the colonial era, most of the town’s newer structures were razed. However, 88 original 18th century … Continue reading

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The Civil War: Regional, Regimental and Personal Experiences

We don’t normally post information here about academic conferences, but this one is a little different (and I have a vested interest in it!). On August 1st, 2015, St. Bonaventure University—the institution where I teach—will host a conference on the Civil … Continue reading

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The Burning of Columbia

Unable to hold off Union troops, the Confederate army evacuated Columbia, South Carolina, allowing General Sherman to occupy the city.  On February 17th, Governor T.J. Goodwyn surrendered Columbia to the Union.  In his surrender letter to Sherman, Governor Goodwyn asked … Continue reading

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The Surrender of Columbia

After his March to the Sea, General Sherman moved north through South Carolina, heading toward Columbia, the main target in his Carolina Campaigns.  His troops reached the outskirts of the city by February 15th.  The Confederate army was forced to … Continue reading

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The Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part Three: Food

This is the last installment in the series The Art of Hiding Personal Effects.

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Queen of Delphine, Part II

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. New Year’s Day continued clear and balmy; all sails were set with just enough breeze to fill them, the first really fine weather they had experienced since entering the … Continue reading

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Queen of the Delphine, Part I

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. A chance encounter in the Indian Ocean—about as far from familiar battlefields as it is possible to be—illustrates the discomforts of conflict not only between Yanks and Rebels, but … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Confederate Little Sister

The Civil War is often remembered as “brother versus brother,” but for Abraham Lincoln, it was brothers-in-law versus brothers-in-law—and a slew of other in-laws, too. Historian Stuart W. Sanders has published a new book that looks at one of Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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The Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part Two: Valuables

The physical trauma Sherman and his troops forced upon the Southern countryside riddles letters and diaries, and the psychological trauma is still evident in the resentment passed down between generations. The chaos of unorganized Union foraging parties followed a pattern … Continue reading

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I Wish I Had Been in the Case: Portrait Photography, Federal Soldiers, and the Home Circle (part two)

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author James Brookes. This is the second part of a two-part series. The mass transition of images between Federal soldiers and their home communities was entirely unprecedented. In February 1862, Humphrey’s Journal observed … Continue reading

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