Category Archives: Monuments

General Grant, R.I.P.

Ulysses S. Grant died on this date, at 8:03 a.m.. back in 1885.

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ECW Weekender: In the Footsteps of Nullification with John C. Calhoun

Many historians have traced the roots of the Civil War back to the Nullification Crisis of 1832, triggered by South Carolina’s Ordinance of Nullification. The ordinance contended that a state had a right to ignore a Federal law if it … Continue reading

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Wade Hampton in Charleston

I’ve just returned from a week in Charleston, South Carolina, where my wife and I spent out honeymoon. It’s tough to vacation in the Cradle of Secession without wanting to totally geek-out on Civil War history—yet I promised Jenny I’d … 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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“Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause” by Heath Hardage Lee

Varina Anne Davis, called “Winnie,” was born in the Confederate White House in June, 1864. She instantly became the symbol of hope for the entire Confederate nation. Author and southern women’s history writer Heath Hardage Lee, also born in Richmond, has … Continue reading

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You Have Killed Our Old Gen. Polk

In the aftermath of the debacle in the Hell Hole, General Sherman decided to move back to the railroad and press on. Johnston, meanwhile, moved south and east into a series of ridges and hills covered in dense forests, cut … Continue reading

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The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys: June 9, 1864

By the second week of June 1864, the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee had deadlocked one another in their Cold Harbor fortifications on the outskirts of Richmond. Close as he was to the Confederate capital–closer indeed … Continue reading

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The Freeman Markers

If you have been to any of the battlefields around Richmond, Virginia or if you have ever just driven the non-interstate roads around the Virginia capital, you have seen a “Freeman Marker.”

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The Union Assault at Cold Harbor June 1, 1864

All through the night of May 31 and into June 1, 1864, Horatio Wright’s VI Corps trudged along the dusty and choked Virginia byroads. They had been pulled from the Union right flank and ordered to march to reinforce and relieve … Continue reading

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Haw’s Shop in Pictures

On May 28, 1864, as the Army of the Potomac crossed the Pamunkey River, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan commanding the Cavalry Corps was given the assignment to protect the Yankee bridgehead and to report back on any Confederate movements. With … Continue reading

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