Category Archives: Leadership–Confederate

Happy Birthday, Stonewall (sort of)

Happy 155th birthday to Stonewall Jackson, who was born on this day in 1861. Of course, Thomas Jonathan Jackson was born on January 21, 1824, in Clarksburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). But it was on this day 155 years ago … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Mrs. Longstreet and the B-29

Of all American weapons produced in World War II, including the atomic bomb, the most expensive was the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Developing and producing the plane cost $3 billion and involved a massive industrial undertaking from plants in all regions … Continue reading

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Stonewall and the Chindit II: Unfinished Adventure Stories

In my last post, I compared and contrasted Generals Stonewall Jackson and Orde Wingate. I then closed with a question: Why are these men objects of such interest and fascination?           There are two main reasons, and they … 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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Stonewall and the Chindit I: On Character and Generalship

Contemporaries of British Major General Orde Charles Wingate, famed leader of the Chindit special forces in Burma and a noted guerrilla commander in Africa and Palestine before that, often searched for someone with which to compare him. They usually hit … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861, Part III

So far, George McClellan’s plan was working.  Robert Garnett remained transfixed by Thomas Morris, convinced that was the main force.  Besides, Garnett felt that he did not have to worry for the 1,300-man force south of him at Rich Mountain.  … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/11-7/17/16

Did Abraham Lincoln’s view of not using the Tidewater Peninsula as an invasion route unnecessarily prolong the war? Did McClellan’s mismanagement keep Union forces from using it, and thus allow Lee to operate in Northern Virginia where the Confederate commander … 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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On The Trail with Sterling Price and John Brown

Recently I was “dragged”  on a family trip out to the far west….well, the Civil War far west, Kansas and Arkansas.  My friends and family who live in the region promised me “there are some really cool Civil War sites … 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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