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- Whipped Peter and Emancipation
- Book Review: The Families’ Civil War: Black Soldiers and the Fight for Racial Justice
- A Game of Numbers: Robert E. Lee’s Assumptions about the Federal Garrisons in the Shenandoah Valley
- Things I have learned on the way to Atlanta — A missed opportunity?
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Author Archives: JoAnna McDonald
President Abraham Lincoln would’ve replaced General R. E. Lee; or the Union would have lost the war. Don’t start throwing rotten tomatoes from your garden, yet—hear me out.
On July 4, 1863, Major General U.S. Grant’s army captured Vicksburg, Mississippi. This campaign often gets hastily passed over in history conversations. Gettysburg and Fourth festivities take precedent. I’m at fault for neglecting this event as well. Still, the fall … Continue reading
Civil War Myth-busting: Did General Lee inherit a genetic marker that made him more aggressive on the battlefield?
If Lee wasn’t a warmonger, why was he so aggressive on the battlefield? One historian suggests that this combative behavior was passed down through his father’s bloodline. Aggression, though, isn’t exactly inherited. Today’s geneticists acknowledge that heredity “may predispose” an … Continue reading
When I initially uploaded this article, it was called “Myth-busting.” The concept is in honor of one of my favorite non-history shows, Mythbusters (with the original cast). I had not seen Ryan Quint’s ECW blog, “Civil War Myth busting: The … Continue reading
It may sound odd, but laughter is an essential element in the military. Of course, during the Civil War just like now, there existed various senses of humor. Some senior officers were definitely known for being grumpy pants while others … Continue reading
As speakers for the dead, historians shout at the top of our lungs what our forefathers warned us about decades ago. One of those admonitions was “Don’t ignore slavery!” Well, dear reader, I’m here to say we’ve ignored it too … Continue reading
Civil War uniforms tend to be a specialty subject. This may be because the photographs are in black and white or sepia-toned. Hence the student must dig through letters and memoirs to get a clear idea of what each uniform … Continue reading
Understanding who did, or did not, influence General Robert E. Lee allows historians tobetter comprehend his military and command decisions. The problem is misperceptions can get passed down through the generations. Many Lee advocates and critics would agree with Michael … Continue reading
During the Civil War era, grand strategy consisted of a strategy and a military plan. Strategy in broad terms is a comprehensive idea or set of ideas that seeks to establish a lasting solution to large-scale crises. Now, strategy, in … Continue reading
On Wednesday, I posted a blog, “Face of Battle: Responding to Fear,” which I subsequently shared with a former Special Forces soldier. He made an insightful comment that I would like to share: