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A General Remembered: Lew Wallace after the Battle of Monocacy

A guest post by Ryan Quint, part three of a series. After his defeat at the Battle of Monocacy, Major General Lew Wallace retreated back towards Baltimore. His force, badly outnumbered by Confederate troops under the command of Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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Post-Chickamauga: Bragg vs. Forrest?

If the stories are to be believed, Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the most quotable characters of the Civil War. One of the best lines attributed to him came following the battle of Chickamauga. Although Braxton Bragg had (finally) … Continue reading

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A General Fallen from Grace: Lew Wallace before Monocacy

A guest post by Ryan Quint. Part one in a series. Musketry crackled in the distance, heavy cannonading made the ground rumble, hundreds of men died up ahead, and Major General Lew Wallace was on the wrong road. Wallace and … Continue reading

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Pick number three in my Top 10 List: A set of maps

The third book, or books, every Civil War buff needs on the bookshelf is a good set of maps. These are invaluable–nothing less. They give form to the function of a campaign or battle and, depending on your choices, can … Continue reading

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Telling History vs. Making Art: The Civil War’s great storyteller

Part six in a series. No written work embodies the tension between art and history more fully than Shelby Foote’s mammoth three-volume The Civil War: A Narrative. Few people realize Foote was a novelist before he became the “warm and … Continue reading

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Telling History vs. Making Art: The ways we remember the war

Part two in a series “We may say that only at the moment when Lee handed Grant his sword was the Confederacy born,” wrote Robert Penn Warren during the Civil War’s centennial; “or to state matters another way, in the … Continue reading

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Review: Jeff Shaara’s A Blaze of Glory

By the time I was two hundred pages into Jeff Shaara’s new novel—roughly halfway—I wondered how an author could write so much and say so little. It picked up, thankfully. I wouldn’t have known that, though, had I not forced … Continue reading

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The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Fireworks & Grand Illuminations

The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to be solemnized with pomp and … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 6

Part six in a series. Dramatic battles and political events also kept the northern eyes of the press and thus the public focused eastward. The Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg for example were dreams for media personnel. The … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost, In History and Memory…Part 5

Part five in a series. Western commanders and troops may have had a more difficult time gaining the respect of their superiors, but they also were greatly affected by the media’s perception of their contributions to the war. Media coverage … Continue reading

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