Category Archives: Common Soldier

Escape from Hellmira!

One hundred and fifty years ago today, Confederate prisoners being held in Elmira Prison in upstate New York started construction on a tunnel that would allow ten men to burrow their way to freedom. It was the only one of … Continue reading

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Slow Business at the “Fruit and Oyster House”

Some of the best images of the American Civil War can be found in the long campaign around the city of Petersburg. Teams of photographers swooped over the battlefield to document the story, capturing impressive shots of the massive fortifications and … Continue reading

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Empathy for the Enemy

While researching this week at the University of Virginia I found a highly valuable resource in the letters of Adjutant Joseph Tatnall Lea, who served on the staff of Colonel Regis de Trobriand in the Autumn of 1863. Lea wrote … Continue reading

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Creamer, Please. No Sugar

I had an idea the other day, and acted on it! I sort of made a “coffee run,” if you will . . . ——- Starbucks Customer Service / PO Box 6363 / Dover, DE 19905-6363 Meg Thompson / Hollister, CA 95023 / July … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: Crossing the Chattahoochee

150 years ago today, the final strong barrier between the forces of William T. Sherman and Atlanta—the Chattahoochee River—was crossed as elements of Wilder’s Lightning Brigade (now commanded by Col. Abram Miller) crossed the river near the now-deserted mill town … Continue reading

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A Matter of Opinion

In researching and writing for this blog, I have had much help from friends. One is Mr. Steve Splittgerber, who takes wonderful photographs. He sent a couple of images my way from the Frankfort Cemetery, in Frankfort, Kentucky. I am … Continue reading

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“Bitter” Bierce

Among the men missing from the roles of the Army of the Cumberland after the Kennesaw Line was twenty-two-year-old Lt. Ambrose Bierce. Bierce is famous for his dark and disturbing writings, the most famous of which, An Occurrence at Owl … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: “Save Yourselves, Boys!”

As the main attack of the XV Corps moved forward, one of the most savage actions of the fight on the north end of the Kennesaw line occurred in the diversion assault launched by the Army of the Tennessee. In … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: “Boys, This is Butchery”

Along the front of the 1st Arkansas at Kennesaw, the slaughter was terrible as they poured fire into the ranks of Charlie Harker’s Federal command. Amongst all of this savagery one incident occurs that is startling considering the nature of … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Eyewitness at the Dead Angle

The fighting at the Dead Angle on Cheatham Hill was some of the most brutal in the Civil War, similar to the vicious fight at Spotsylvania Court House. Captain James Hall of the 9th Tennessee Infantry gave a graphic account … Continue reading

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