Category Archives: Civilian

“This city is now in the possession of the Confederate States of America”: The Raid on St. Albans, Vermont

On October 15, 1864, two men arrived in the town of St. Albans, Vermont and checked into a hotel named the American House. They appeared to be unassuming, but the two were the vanguard of some twenty others, all who … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Civil War Events, Civilian, Emerging Civil War, Newspapers, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

ECW Continues to Emerge

Weave in, My Hardy Life by Walt Whitman  Weave in, weave in, my hardy life, Weave yet a soldier strong and full for great campaigns to come, Weave in red blood, weave sinews in like ropes, the senses, sight weave … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Authors, Civil War Events, Civilian, Common Soldier, Emerging Civil War, Internet, Websites & Blogs, Medical, Memory, Personalities, Politics, Reconstruction, Sesquicentennial, Slavery, Ties to the War | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Sketches from the Shenandoah: James Taylor’s Scrapbook

In the collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio rests With Sheridan Up the Shenandoah Valley. Leaves from a Special Artist’s Sketch Book and Diary. As the title implies, it is a book of incredibly realistic sketches and … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Civil War Events, Civilian, Personalities, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

ECW Weekender – Front Royal, VA

The City of Front Royal saw a lot of activity during the Civil War, and these stories are told in various ways through museums, monuments, and several Virginia Civil War Trails markers. When visiting Front Royal, one should start at the … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Civilian, ECW Weekender, Memory, Monuments, Personalities | Leave a comment

Coffee in the Civil War

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Ashley Webb. If you’re like me, every morning, I wake up and have a cup of coffee (or two or three). Coffee was also an essential part of a Civil War soldier’s … Continue reading

Posted in Civilian, Common Soldier, Memory | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Really? You Needed That?

I do not know if any of our readers know historians or history buffs. Perhaps you fit into these categories yourselves. If so, I hope this post resonates with you.

Posted in Books & Authors, Civil War Events, Civilian, Common Soldier, Internet, Websites & Blogs, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Newspapers, Personalities, Preservation, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Hits of the Sixties!

Now that Sherman is marching through Georgia, albeit retroactively, I thought it time to discuss a little ditty that is guaranteed to make Confederate blood boil: Henry Clay Work’s Marching Thru’ Georgia. This song is still so inflammatory that the … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Campaigns, Civilian, Common Soldier, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Reconstruction, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

“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

Posted in Battles, Civilian, Navies | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Civilian, Memory, National Park Service, Preservation, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Civilian, Preservation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment