Category Archives: Personalities

The Absolution at Gettysburg

Today we welcome guest author Peter M Preble. Father Preble is a 2004 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he concentrated on Church History. Since his graduation he has continued his research concentrating on the role … Continue reading

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A Cat Man: Mr. Lincoln

There are times when research seems repetitive. Battles, generals, troop movements, the effects of one thing upon another, and on and on. It is an endless stream, and once one dips one’s toes in it, either you want to do … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image, by Joshua Zeitz

I was on the list at Amazon for immediate delivery of Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image when publication occurred, and to say I was excited is an understatement. John Hay and John George … Continue reading

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Stones in The Road: Conclusion of a Series

On the evening of March 23, 1864, a telegram arrived at Phil Sheridan’s headquarters in Loudon, Tennessee. It was addressed to Sheridan and had been forwarded from Major General Henry Halleck, the Army’s Chief of Staff. It read: “Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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Fort Sumter’s Cat Jack: the Cat that Went to War

I have often wondered exactly why the point of view of animals in any historical situation is of any interest whatsoever. Everyone knows animals really have no well-defined point of view. Anthropomorphizing animals is one of the things all “pet … Continue reading

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A Precipitate Retreat: General Joe Johnston and the Confederate Withdrawal from Northern Virginia March 6- 10, 1862

After their victory at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861, the Confederate armies of the Potomac and Shenandoah combined and settled into a defensive position from Leesburg in the west and the Potomac River near Occoquan in the … Continue reading

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Grant Takes Command

This weekend marks the 150th Anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s promotion to Lieutenant General and designation as Commanding General of the U.S. Army. Often discussed in passing as regards the 1864 campaigns, to contemporary eyes this was a major event in … Continue reading

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In Jumping Broke My Leg: Another Look at the Lincoln Assassination Legend

Today we welcome guest author Cal. J. Schoonover. Cal hail’s from Janesville, WI, where he lives with his son James. Cal is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin, Whitewater; and is currently attending American Military University, where he is … Continue reading

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All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro

In my ongoing search for all things related to John Hay, George Nicolay, and Elmer Ellsworth, I read this book with positive enthusiasm and delight. I think it was written with the same feelings. Taliaferro’s brilliant biography of John Hay … Continue reading

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Review Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia

Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks and Wythe Holt Savas Beatie, 2013 312 pages, 140 images, 5 maps In the spring of 1861, our Nation was ripped apart by … Continue reading

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