Tag Archives: Shiloh

Day Five: Shiloh

Part twelve in a series The swhrrrr of cicadas rises and falls like the heartbeat of the battlefield. I stand on the edge of Shiloh’s peach orchard, gazing through the trees at nothing in particular in the far distance. There’s … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Memory | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Looking Back to Cowpens: William J. Hardee and the Battle of Averasboro

After abandoning Fayetteville, North Carolina to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s army group, Lieutenant General William J. Hardee withdrew his corps north of the city. Hardee had ordered the Clarendon Bridge over the Cape Fear River destroyed, removing the possibility of … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Personalities, Revolutionary War, Sesquicentennial, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Emerging Civil War Series, Leadership--Confederate, Memory, Personalities, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Federal, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost: Part Three

Part three in a series. This series was put together from one of my extended graduate school research papers. The sources used were the current research between 2007-2008, obviously the historiography of the Civil War expands on a monthly basis, … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost: Part Two

Part two in a series. This series was put together from one of my extended graduate school research papers. The sources used were the current research between 2007-2008, obviously the historiography of the Civil War expands on a monthly basis, … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigns, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Books & Authors, Campaigns, Emerging Civil War, Internet, Websites & Blogs, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Preservation, Sieges | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Books & Authors, Memory, Personalities | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in Books & Authors, Memory, Personalities, Slavery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment