Author Archives: SeanMichaelChick

Shiloh and Private Samuel Chick

In studying up on my family’s genealogy in 2017 I found ancestors who fought both North and South. They are mostly cousins. I am the direct descendant of Private Samuel Chick of Company E of the 44th Tennessee. The regiment … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of W. Irving Hodgson

The most famed artillery unit of the American Civil War was New Orleans’ Washington Artillery. Founded in 1838, they had taken part in the Mexican-American War but did not see combat. Founded as a strictly Anglo-American outfit, by the 1850s … Continue reading

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Shiloh: Preston Pond’s Charge at Tilghman Branch

Among the largest brigades to fight at Shiloh was Colonel Preston Pond’s outfit, mostly made up of Louisiana troops. It numbered around 2,600 men. 1,400 of these were in two regiments, the 38th Tennessee and the Crescent Regiment, a militia … Continue reading

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Laure “Doucette” Larendon: Beauregard’s Daughter

Among P.G.T. Beauregard his closest friends was Charles Villeré, son of Jules Villeré, a sugar cane planter in Plaquemines Parish and a member of one of the most prominent Creole families in south Louisiana. Beauregard became smitten with Marie Laure … Continue reading

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The Confederate Veteran and the Serial Killer

Most of New Orleans stands on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Today, the opposite side – a collection of suburbs – is known as the West Bank. However, for a long time it had the reputation as a  … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: Another Look at Liddell’s Record

In May 2016 I wrote about my favorite Civil War primary resource, the memoirs written by Confederate general St. John Richardson Liddell, known as Liddell’s Record. Liddell was on the staff of Albert Sidney Johnston and led troops at Perryville, Stones … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee: Brave Leader

In the 1980’s and 1990’s I was periodically given a catalog for Troll Associates, which published children’s books. Among them were various history books. In the library I had already checked books from the World at War series, the first … Continue reading

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Railroads: “I took to it quite naturally.” Beauregard as Railroad Executive

In 1865 P.G.T. Beauregard entered upon his next act of life widowed, defeated, and without much money. Beauregard returned to New Orleans, which had escaped the destruction that laid waste other cities. It was still a premiere commercial center and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on “Madame Castel’s Lodger”

New Orleans has produced a fair number of notable authors, in particular George Washington Cable, John Kennedy Toole, and Anne Rice. However, it is more famous as the inspiration for writers of the first rank: Thomas “Tennessee” Williams III, William … Continue reading

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On Watching Gone with the Wind in 2018

Patricia Dawn Chick (born Acker) was my mother. Her favorite movie was Gone with the Wind. It might seem odd since she was from Indiana, but her roots went back to the Dossett family of Kentucky. They were ripped apart … Continue reading

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