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Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Eric Sterner Quartermasters don’t usually have their stories spread nationally or warrant monuments, but William McKinley, 25th President of the Unites States, has one at Antietam. There, as a young sergeant, … Continue reading
Over the course of the last month I’ve written posts on Benjamin “Grimes” Davis and Elon J. Farnsworth. These men share a common trait: their promising careers were cut short in battle during the Gettysburg Campaign. Davis was in the … Continue reading
Last week we asked if you thought there was a “textbook perfect” campaign. This time let’s reverse the question: Which Civil War campaign seems least effective or most disastrous to you? Why?
Several weeks ago, the Civil War Trust presented several awards in the field of preservation to groups and individuals that have gone above and beyond to save our nation’s history. Those awarded come from all walks of life and groups … Continue reading
On July 3, 1863 Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick recklessly ordered one of his brigade commanders, Brig. Gen. Elon Farnsworth, to attack a Confederate position near the southern end of the Gettysburg battlefield. The ground over which Farnsworth had to traverse was … Continue reading
Is there a Civil War campaign that seems “textbook perfect” to you? Why?
Today is the 153rd anniversary of the battle of Monocacy—the “Battle that Saved Washington.” Fought just miles south of Frederick, Maryland along the banks of the Monocacy river the battle was Federal Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace’s last-ditch effort to slow … Continue reading
As the sun set on the Gettysburg battlefield on July 3, 1863, although the sound of combat faded into history, a new battle was just beginning. Over the course of the three day engagement, 51,000 men became casualties. That number … Continue reading
Gainesville, Georgia, a town of 36,306 people at the last census, sits in North Georgia perched on the banks of Lake Lanier and straddling Interstate-985. Yet, in this Georgia town, lie the remains of James Longstreet, affectionately known during his … Continue reading
154 years after the engagement ended, students and enthusiasts still debate the “what if?” questions related to the Battle of Gettysburg. What if Richard Ewell had captured Cemetery Hill on the first day? What if Meade had withdrawn from the … Continue reading