Category Archives: Common Soldier

The Anatomy of a Charge

Recently I have been researching various Civil War frontal assaults to help put the decisive April 2, 1865 storming of the Petersburg lines into perspective for my upcoming book Dawn of Victory. I encountered an interesting piece written August 15, 1864, … Continue reading

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The Letters of Surgeon William Child

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dan Welch. Dan continues to chronicle the letters of a surgeon in the Army of the Potomac. When we last left William Child, assistant surgeon of the 5th New Hampshire Volunteers, … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Turkey Pardon–a 2011 reprint, updated!

November 26 marks another year in which a turkey receives a Presidential pardon, this time from President Obama. The 2014 turkeys (there are always two nowadays–one is an alternate in case something happens to the first) are from Ohio, and … Continue reading

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The Western Federal

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jim Taub. As Joseph Polley, a sergeant of the 4th Texas Infantry, moved through the dense Georgia underbrush, the sounds and smells of battle overwhelmed his senses. The cracking of musketry and … Continue reading

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Closing Out the Valley: Recollection of a Public Historian at a Sesquicentennial Event

I wanted to write this post for about two weeks, but I just did not know how to start this blog entry or what to title it. So, after contemplating what to write for a few days, I figured I … Continue reading

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Remember

Tuesday is Veteran’s Day, and the difference between Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day is one of mortality. Veteran’s Day honors those serving, and living veterans. Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who gave their last, full measure, has … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Rectortown and Mosby’s Confederacy

One of the best preserved landscapes in Virginia is that of “Mosby’s Confederacy” located in southern Loudoun County and northern Fauquier County. The area’s roads, farms and fences are mostly on the same locations as they were during the Civil … Continue reading

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“I regret that fate thrust such a duty upon me…” Mosby, Custer and the Black Flag in the Shenandoah Valley Part II

part two of two Since the execution of Mosby Ranger Albert Willis at Flint Hill on October 14, 1864, Mosby sought revenge for what he considered to be the unlawful execution of seven of his men.   Though he was not … Continue reading

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The Men of Cattaraugus County: Why They Fought

Last week, I mentioned a rather sick-to-my-stomach turn of events in Cattaraugus County, New York (where I teach). County legislators want to demolish the Civil War memorial in order to put in a parking lot. In my open letter to … Continue reading

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Long Abraham Lincoln a Little Longer: Soldier Voting in the Election of 1864 Pt. 4

 Many Democrats were hoping that the men in the field, particularly those in the Army of the Potomac, would remain loyal to former commanding general George McClellan. They underestimated the ability of the Union soldier to analyze for himself just … Continue reading

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