Author Archives: Steve Davis

Good Words from a Johnny

I’m working on a book for Savas Beatie tentatively titled “The National Tribune Remembers the Atlanta Campaign.” In the National Tribune of Jan. 27, 1898, I came came across this sad tale of a Union veteran. The “Good Words from … Continue reading

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One Company Against Two Corps

June 3 always brings recollections of the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor. There, at least 1,100 Union soldiers were killed and 4,500 wounded in a bloody attack that Confederates easily repulsed in less than an hour. (7,000 is the usual … Continue reading

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Trivia for the Battle of Manassas

Reflecting on the 160th of Manassas… One of my fondest take-aways from Jack Davis’s Battle at Bull Run was learning that Manassas came from a Jewish merchant, Manassa–whose home site came to be called Manassa’s Gap. Manasseh, by the way, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Complete Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Trail Guide

The Complete Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Trail Guide By Brad Butkovich Historic Imagination, 2021, $21.95 paper Reviewed by Stephen Davis Hundreds of thousands of Civil War enthusiasts drive to Georgia to visit Chickamauga and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Parks, which are … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Civil War Battles of Macon

The Civil War Battles of Macon By Niels Eichhorn History Press, 2021, $21.99 paperback Reviewed by Stephen Davis In this work of astonishing mediocrity, Niels Eichhorn sets out to explain the handful of small engagements fought during the war near … Continue reading

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Fanny Gordon, Fanny Andrews

The wife of a certain gallant Confederate General compromised nothing of feminine dignity when she rushed through the streets of Winchester, regardless of Yankee shot and shell, striving to rally her husband’s flying columns. We’ve all got some good Civil … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Atlanta, Georgia

“A slight perceptible odor of Yankeedom.” This is how someone characterized Atlanta at the time of the war. The disparagement reflected the bustling business air about the city: clanking railroad cars, up-and-coming factories, thriving commercial center with plenty of merchants, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Enduring Lost Cause

The Enduring Lost Cause: Afterlives of a Redeemer Nation Edited by Edward R. Crowther University of Tennessee Press, 2020, $70 hardcover Reviewed by Stephen Davis Just like The Dude in the Coen Brothers film, the Lost Cause abides. Edward Crowther … Continue reading

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Book Review: Confederate Citadel

Confederate Citadel: Richmond and Its People at War By Mary A. DeCredico University Press of Kentucky, 2020, $50 hardcover Reviewed by Stephen Davis The bookshelf devoted to the Confederate capital is a considerable one, beginning with Sallie Putnam’s Richmond During … Continue reading

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My Civil War Evening with Jimmy Carter

Some years ago, I taught evening courses at Oglethorpe University in northeast Atlanta. One of my students, Lauren Gay, happened to work at the Jimmy Carter Center and Presidential Library. In August 2012 she arranged for me to give a … Continue reading

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