Author Archives: Caroline Davis

Occupied Cities of the South: New Orleans

Part of a Series New Orleans was the sixth-largest city in the United States during the years leading up to the American Civil War. With a population exceeding 100,000 residents, the port city was easily the largest in the South. … Continue reading

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Occupied Cities of the South: Alexandria, Virginia

Part of a Series Ripples of fear and uncertainty spread throughout the United States when war broke out between the North and the South in 1861. In every state, citizens worried that war could arrive at their front door at … Continue reading

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In The Silence: Occupied Cities of the South

Beginning of a series When the American Civil War began, no one on either side thought the conflict would last more than a few months – let alone four years. Those in the North didn’t view their southern counterparts as … Continue reading

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Fort Jefferson: An Un-attacked Stronghold

It was in February 1861, just two months before the Civil War began, when seceding southern states began to seize control of federal forts after President James Buchanan denied them.  Fort Jefferson, despite being located in the Florida Keys, was … Continue reading

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Fallen Leaders: George Custer and the Question of Leadership

Over the past month, we have read many stories about fallen leaders of the American Civil War. We have mostly looked at those who have lost their lives in the midst of battle or its aftermath. However, a sometimes-forgotten fallen … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Melville on Running the Batteries at Vicksburg

It was the spring of 1863, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was concocting a plan to seize the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. As President Abraham Lincoln had made clear, Vicksburg was key to achieving victory over the Confederates and ending … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Melville On Pickett’s Charge

So few poets chose to write about the American Civil War that it is sometimes described as the “unwritten war.” Herman Melville, however, was among the few who chose to do so. His collection of poems on the war, in … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: On Stonewall Jackson’s Death

“I have always desired to die on Sunday.” — General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. On May 2, 1863, shots rang out from the 18th North Carolina line in the woods at Chancellorsville. Unbeknownst to the soldiers at the time, they were … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Perspective: Melville and The Stone Fleet

I have a feeling for those ships,  Each worn and ancient one, With great bluff bows, and broad in the beam;  Ay, it was unkindly done.      But so they serve the Obsolete—      Even so, Stone Fleet! It was apparent from … Continue reading

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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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