Author Archives: Jon-Erik Gilot

Book Review: “Lee is Trapped, and Must be Taken: Eleven Fateful Days after Gettysburg: July 4 – 14, 1863”

Are we firmly in the golden age of Gettysburg publishing? The past 15 – 20 years have produced a wealth of essential Gettysburg reading for those of us interested in the climactic battle of the American Civil War. That’s not … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from a Civil War Veteran

The Civil War offers us many perceived lessons. Lessons in leadership, in tactics. Lessons in victory and defeat; division and reunification. These lessons are imparted to us through a wealth of records, letters, diaries and newspapers as recorded by the … Continue reading

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On Location With the James E. Taylor Sketchbook – Middleway, WV

If my wife were to one day reclaim the library room in our house and force me to sell off my collection of Civil War books, one indispensable volume that I’d need to insist on keeping would be With Sheridan … Continue reading

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Thornsbury Bailey Brown – The First Casualty of Enemy Fire

First. Last. Only. These words add tremendous weight when attached to a person or event associated with the Civil War. The absolute enormity of the war makes it hard to fathom there being a ‘first,’ a ‘last,’ or an ‘only,’ … Continue reading

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A Casualty of Red Tape and Colonel Mosby

As a collector of Civil War images I can’t say what it was about this particular image that jumped out at me when I purchased it some ten or twelve years ago. The CDV had been identified was Elijah Hobart, … Continue reading

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The Newby Family Fights for Freedom

For more than two decades I’ve been fascinated with John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. There’s so much intrigue to the story…it almost reads like a Hollywood script. More than the voluminous books, the artifacts and the sites associated … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Local Newspapers

My first foray into Civil War newspapers came almost twenty years ago while researching Camp Anderson, an early war training camp that had existed for all of a few weeks in south-central Ohio. I traveled to a local library to … Continue reading

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The Patriotism of the 170th…

I’ve always been fascinated with the Ohio National Guard “100 Days” men who were called into service in the spring of 1864 to guard the forts, bridges, blockhouses and railroads, thereby freeing up veteran regiments for the summer campaign. The … Continue reading

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