Category Archives: Common Soldier

Treüe der Union: A German Union Man Cheats Death in Texas

Three days after the attack on August 10, 1862, Ernst Cramer returned to the battlefield near the Nueces River to search for his wounded friends. Nineteen dead German Americans, bloated, blackened, and putrid in the unrelenting west Texas heat lay … Continue reading

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The Roberts Guard (Company C, Capers’ Battalion): Georgia’s Convict Soldiers

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author John N. McDonald… Governor Joseph Brown of Georgia was a troubled man in November 1864.  Two months had passed since Sherman captured Atlanta and the Union armies were once again on the march with … Continue reading

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Before the Battlefield: The Suffering of “Camp Maggotty Hollow”

We Civil War enthusiasts have a fascination with casualties. We rapture over which regiments were bled white on the battlefield and which regiments had the highest casualty figures. We pore over the last, heroic words uttered by officers as they … Continue reading

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“He Stood the Operation Like A Soldier:” Lucius Davis

When we think of the Civil War, we need to look beyond just a few individual days. We need to look beyond Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, or even Appomattox. Often, we need even to look beyond 1865. The war changed … Continue reading

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On the Battlefield, Among the Dead and Dying, We Get to Know Each Other Better

Following the May 14, 1863, battle of Jackson, Mississippi, Private Osborn H. Oldroyd of the 20th Ohio had the chance to walk across the battlefield. His unit, part of Maj. Gen. John Logan’s division, did not get into the day’s … Continue reading

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Maine at War: December 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in December at his blog, Maine at War: December 2, 2020: Fraternity remembers Bowdoin brother killed at Cold Harbor Bowdoin College junior Edwin Rogers belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon when he … Continue reading

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2nd Company G: A Short and Atypical Service

During the gap between graduate school semesters, I’ve been taking some time to look at family trees and genealogy. After all, staring at old records is my specialty, and apparently, I can’t convince myself to just take a break! In … Continue reading

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Weekly Whitman: … and the war came

With a new year upon us—after being crushed by 2020—we gift you with a poem. “1861.” Manhattan was a separate part of New York City at that time, and Walt Whitman spent a great deal of time there, reporting on … Continue reading

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Opossum for Christmas Dinner?

Arthur J. Robinson of Company E, 33rd Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers, had a unique Christmas Dinner in 1863, and in 1913 the veteran published his account in verse form. When he wrote the account, only two veterans survived from the eight … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/21-12/27/20

Do you have a favorite account of a Civil War soldier at Christmas, New Years, or another winter’s holiday?

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