Author Archives: Caroline Davis

A Poet’s Perspective: March into Virginia

By July 1861, the tension described in “Misgivings” and “The Conflict of Convictions” had been realized. The United States was at war with itself. In his poem “March Into Virginia,” Melville describes the first battle fought between the North and … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Herman Melville and the Civil War

It was November of 1860, and America had a new president. He was highly popular among the northern states, but he was widely disliked in the South. At the same time you have Herman Melville, famous for his 1851 novel … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: Antonia Ford

The art of spying is as old as war itself, or so it has been said. While many people when asked who is their favorite figure from the Civil War would immediately think of generals and politicians, I tend to … Continue reading

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Union Balloon Corps: Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2 are available for reference.) The Union Balloon Corps received little recognition for its successes, and many in the military Sevens Days Battles considered them nothing more than entertainment. The conclusion of the Seven Days Battles, … Continue reading

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Union Balloon Corps: Part 2

After thoroughly impressing President Lincoln with the ability to gather and transmit intelligence from the air, Thaddeus Lowe was granted funding to start producing hot-air balloons for the Union Army. He named the first balloon Union.

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Union Balloon Corps: Part 1

It has been said that the art of spying is as old as war itself. The commanders of yesterday understood, as do our military leaders understand today, that reading and predicting enemy movements is an integral part of battle strategy. … Continue reading

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A Forgotten Vessel: The USS Alligator

By the spring of 1861 the United States was at war with itself. Both the U.S. Army and Navy had been torn apart as those in service were forced to choose sides. Meanwhile, the newly-formed Union and self-proclaimed Confederacy scrambled … Continue reading

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Past and Present: The CSS Georgia

The ironclad warship was developed during the American Civil War. With its ability to withstand enemy fire, it quickly replaced the wooden ships of wars past. The CSS Georgia, built in 1862, was one such vessel. From its initial design … Continue reading

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Being a Civil War Intern: Living History Weekends

I often have daydreams of working on a Civil War battlefield. In my imagination, I am bedecked in the prestigious green and grey. In reality, things are a little different. While I did have the opportunity to participate in two … Continue reading

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Being a Civil War Intern: Writing Tours

Of the many challenges one faces as a National Park Battlefield intern, preparing and delivering tours is certainly the most daunting. The process involves research, lots of writing, and finally the presentation. I would have thought that by now – … Continue reading

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