Category Archives: Leadership–Confederate

Through the Carolinas: Aspects of Sherman’s Second March

From the beginning of February to the latter part of March, 1865 Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s Army Group traversed the swamps, rivers and lowlands of the Carolinas. This was no small undertaking. Sherman faced a heady task. He would … Continue reading

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Rebels Down Under: Part Two

We are pleased to welcome back guest author, Dwight Hughes. Part two in a series. Despite pro-Yankee sentiments in Melbourne, the preponderance of sympathy was for the South, echoing the feelings of many in Great Britain. Conspicuous in gray uniforms, … Continue reading

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Rebels Down Under

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes. Part One in a Series. One hundred fifty years ago this month, the CSS Shenandoah steamed into Hobson’s Bay, Melbourne, Australia with flag flying. Vessels large and small saluted … Continue reading

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The Battle of Portland Harbor (Conclusion)

Part One can be read here. Part Two can be read here.  It had been a hectic morning on June 27, 1863. Under the cover of darkness, rebel privateers under the command of Charles Read first jumped aboard the Caleb Cushing, … Continue reading

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A new man in town

On February 7, 1865, Major General John C. Breckinridge accepted the position of Secretary of War, Confederate States of America—the fifth and final man to hold that job. He assumed the duties of his new office amid desperate times. The … Continue reading

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No Bluffing the King of Spades: Digging in along Hatcher’s Run

The Army of Northern Virginia had a thirty-seven mile front to defend during the early months of 1865. Its commander wanted to guarantee the earthworks protecting Richmond and Petersburg were up to his standards. “Opinions seem to differ as to … Continue reading

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Striking out from Savannah: Uncle Billy Moves North

At the conclusion of the “March to the Sea”, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s  armies spent Christmas 1864 in and around Savannah, Georgia. While his men were enjoying a hard earned rest, “Uncle Billy” was busy planning his next maneuver. Exchanging … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: January 26, 2015

I’m sure I’m not the only person who got the Civil War Sesquicentennial tumbler set for Christmas. The set contains glasses with four Confederates (Davis, Lee, Jackson, and Stuart) and four Federals (Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, and McClellan). 

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Class of 1842

When reading a biography of a Civil War general officer, the usual biographical sketch is: West Point Military Academy educated, Mexican War experience, volunteer organization command in early stages of the war, and then the rise through the general officer ranks. … Continue reading

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“What If Jackson had Survived His Wounding?”

I get the question all the time: “What if Stonewall Jackson hadn’t been shot?” When people ask that question, what they really want to know is “What would he have done at Gettysburg?” My answer is always “He would have … Continue reading

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