Category Archives: Common Soldier

Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

  Emerging Revolutionary War and Revolutionary War Wednesday is pleased to welcome back guest historian Drew Gruber. Part 1 When we think about American militia during the Revolutionary War, the image of an untrained rifle-toting citizen turned soldier comes to … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Common Soldier, Emerging Civil War, Memory, Personalities, Revolutionary War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Securing a Likeness”: Union Soldiers Visit the Photographer’s Studio

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest poster James Brookes Many northern volunteers had a portrait taken upon their enlistment. Several post-war memoirs exist in which Union veterans recall a visit to the photographer as a significant moment … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Photography | 1 Comment

In Combat

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub Ready! When you first begin seriously studying the Civil War, you quickly learn that the tactics employed in the Civil War, particularly by the infantry (foot soldiers), were profoundly … Continue reading

Posted in Arms & Armaments, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Memory | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Some Reflections on William Tecumseh Sherman

I must admit, it is exceptionally difficult to reflect on William Tecumseh Sherman. No question, he was one of the most enigmatic individuals of the American Civil War. The mere mention of his name in general company today, 150 years … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Symposium, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Captain John Hanson McNeill and the McNeill Rangers: Rebel Strike Force Supreme

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Richard Chapman When discussing great Confederate independent cavalry raiders in the Civil War, it seems that they have three parts to their name: General John Hunt Morgan, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, and … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Campaigns, Cavalry, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Memory, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The First Battle of Deep Bottom: July 28, 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jimmy Price Part four in a series. In my last post we examined the first large-scale fighting of the First Battle of Deep Bottom – the clash at Tilghman’s Gate on … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Cavalry, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Meaning No Disrespect . . .

The removal of South Carolina’s Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the Statehouse on Friday (7/10/2015) caused quite a kerfluffle, for many reasons.

Posted in Armies, Campaigns, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Memory, Monuments, National Park Service, Politics, Preservation, Reconstruction, Slavery, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

The Bag Was Tied: The 146th New York in Saunders Field

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub It would seem appropriate that, as the last post centered on the men who charged across Saunders Field 151 years ago today, to write of their participation in that fight. Of … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Armies, Books & Authors, Civil War Events, Civilian, Common Soldier, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Medical, Memory, Monuments, Personalities, Politics, Question of the Week, Reconstruction, Sesquicentennial, Slavery, Symposium, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Mud Creek Line-Remembering What the Soldiers Forgot

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Bobby Novak When one thinks about 1864, the cities of Petersburg, Richmond, and Atlanta all come to mind, capped by Sherman’s March to the Sea. The battles for Atlanta happened nearly right … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Monuments, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments