Author Archives: Jon-Erik Gilot

A Most Profitable Ironclad: The Miniature Monitor That Raised Funds and Hope for the Union

To be certain, the medical arm of the United States military was unprepared for the scope of the war that was thrust upon it in 1861, counting only 98 physicians in its ranks at the outbreak of the Civil War. … Continue reading

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A Most Terrible Scene: A Collision on the B&O and One Regiment’s Deadliest Day

We don’t often hear about railroad accidents today. That’s not for a lack of reporting, but that railroad travel is exponentially safer now than it was 160 years ago. Traveling by railroad during the Civil War involved risking life and … Continue reading

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A Perilous Voyage on the Kanawha: Jenkins Attacks the Victor No. 2

Riverine warfare has perhaps received less attention in Civil War historiography when compared to other naval or land theaters. Rivers played a critical role in moving and supplying armies in the field, and offered avenues of invasion or retreat. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Most Hated Man in Kentucky: The Lost Cause and the Legacy of Union General Stephen Burbridge

  The Most Hated Man in Kentucky: The Lost Cause and the Legacy of Union General Stephen Burbridge By Brad Asher University of Kentucky Press, 2021, $45.00 hardcover Reviewed by Jon-Erik Gilot Stephen Burbridge is not a name that leaps … Continue reading

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Book Review: Cincinnati in the Civil War

Cincinnati in the Civil War: The Union’s Queen City  By David L. Mowery The History Press, 2021, $26.99 Reviewed by Jon-Erik Gilot Historian David L. Mowery has in recent years delivered several outstanding books for those of us interested in … Continue reading

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“Not Far from the Plank Road’s Turning”

William R. Ramsey was a Sergeant in Co. F of the 150th Pennsylvania Bucktails. Surviving the vicious fighting at Gettysburg unscathed, Ramsey was severely wounded on May 6, 1864 during the Battle of the Wilderness, and was subsequently captured. His … Continue reading

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“At Liberty Gap . . . Every Man is a Hero”: The Story of an Ohio Soldier 

While I have spent many years collecting Civil War artifacts and photographs, at some point I made a conscious decision to limit the scope of my collection to only those items from a specific geographic area, namely southeastern Ohio and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Storm Over Key West

Storm Over Key West: The Civil War and the Call of Freedom By Mike Pride Pineapple Press, 2020, $26.95 Reviewed by Jon-Erik Gilot A few months before the COVID pandemic hit I had the opportunity to travel to Key West, … Continue reading

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A Pleasant Kind of Duty: Ohio’s Trumbull Guards

Last year I shared a few essays on the Departmental Corps, infantry companies of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania who served briefly as part of the Department of the Monongahela. I have long been interested in these independent regiments and … Continue reading

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Before the Battlefield: The Suffering of “Camp Maggotty Hollow”

We Civil War enthusiasts have a fascination with casualties. We rapture over which regiments were bled white on the battlefield and which regiments had the highest casualty figures. We pore over the last, heroic words uttered by officers as they … Continue reading

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