Category Archives: Armies

“An unmitigated fraud” – Henry Judah at Resaca

On May 16, 1864, just outside Resaca Georgia, Brig. Gen. Milo S. Hascall quietly relinquished command of the Second Brigade, Second Division, XXIII Corps stepping up to take charge of the division. He replaced Brig. Gen. Henry M. Judah. Judah … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Hammets

On May 14, 1864, just north of the Green family cabin, twenty-four-year-old Robert C. Hammet fell dead with a bullet in his brain. His regiment, the 54th Virginia, was ordered into a reckless, suicidal charge against a line of Federal … Continue reading

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More than Just Jackson: The Army of Northern Virginia’s Casualties in the Officer Corps at Chancellorsville

Stonewall Jackson died on May 10, 1863. Ever since, his loss has been held up as a key factor in why the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was never the same. “If only Jackson…” begins many counter-factuals. In the wake … Continue reading

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On The March: The 44th Indiana 1862-63

One of the more oft-overlooked resources are local newspapers, which published letters from the battlefront throughout the war. For small towns where many of the military-age males had signed up, such letters were of community interest. One such town was … Continue reading

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Hoosiers and the Civil War

Some readers may recall that I recently discovered some ancestors in the 30th, 44th, and 100th Indiana Volunteers. In the course of my research into their service, I have uncovered some interesting facts about Hoosier State troops in the war. Some … Continue reading

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Lone Jack – The Fight for Control of Northwest Missouri

By the summer of 1862, the guerrilla war on Missouri’s western border was spiraling out of control for Federal authorities. The year prior, the pro-secessionist government was forced to flee the capital city, allowing the Federals to install a new … Continue reading

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Marmaduke’s Defensive Line at Byram’s Ford

By mid to late October of 1864, Major General Sterling Price’s ragtag Army of Missouri wound its way west toward the Missouri-Kansas border. Since September, the Army of Missouri had moved through northern Arkansas and into Missouri nearly 500 miles … Continue reading

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The 44th Indiana Gets Its Colors

One of the regiments seeing its first action at Fort Donelson was the 44th Indiana. Part of Lew Wallace’s division, the 44th was recruited from northeast Indiana and coalesced at Fort Wayne. Under Colonel Hugh Reed, the 44th left Fort … Continue reading

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Book Review: Voices of the Army of the Potomac

Voices of the Army of the Potomac: Personal Reminiscences of Union Veterans By Vincent L. Burns Casemate Publishers, 2021 $37.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw “Here is recorded the small talk of camp, and many incidents that are too trivial … Continue reading

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Boomerang Bragg

This is the time of year when we see college and NFL coaches get the ax, and lots of other administrative changes in our favorite teams. Which leads me to this comparison, please bear with me. The Confederate Army of … Continue reading

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