Category Archives: Armies

A History of Civil War Drummer Boys (Part 2)

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Michael Aubrecht to share Part 2 of his article Perhaps the most photographed drummer boy of the American Civil War, Robert Henry Hendershot, was known as the “Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock.” His nickname supposedly … Continue reading

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A History of Civil War Drummer Boys (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Michael Aubrecht Throughout the history of warfare musicians have always played an important role on the battlefield. Military music has served many purposes including marching cadences, bugle calls and funeral dirges. … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part four)

Part four of a series. Desertion and “Demagogues”  Desertion was also a disease in the army, though of a different kind. With Hooker assuming command the army officially went into winter camp. Morale was still dangerously low and homesickness was a real … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861-Part IV

Robert Garnett received word of his army’s defeat at Rich Mountain on the night of July 11.  He had to move quickly, as a Federal force advancing from the Rich Mountain battlefield that occupied the town of Beverly would be … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861–Part II

Robert Garnett set his men to work immediately upon assuming command of what he dubbed the Army of the Northwest.  He drilled the raw recruits and ordered them to dig earthworks at their two defensive positions at Rich Mountain and … Continue reading

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A Civilian Remembers the Battle of Monocacy

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, fought in 1864 between Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace and Lt. Gen. Jubal Early. Wallace’s badly-outnumbered Federals aligned themselves along the Monocacy River, hoping to hold off the Confederates in a last-ditch … Continue reading

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“Not written in letters of blood.”

Edwin M. Stanton to Major General William S. Rosecrans, July 7, 1863: “We have just received official information that Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant on the 4th of July. Lee’s army overthrown; Grant victorious. You and your noble army now … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861–Part I

The 1861 Western Virginia Campaigns are a fascinating but vastly overlooked piece of Civil War campaign history.  Like many battles fought in that first year, they pale in size when stood up next to Antietam, Gettysburg, or Vicksburg.  The battles … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Civil War Past: V

Welcome back to our much-delayed next installment of this interactive blog series on researching your Civil War ancestor or individual soldiers of interest.

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“They Taught Us How to Die Like Soldiers”: The U.S. Regulars at Gettysburg

The fighting that occurred 153 years ago on the south end of the Gettysburg battlefield is some of the best known in American military history.  Names of key participants and individuals have been seared into the public conscience. Some gain … Continue reading

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