Category Archives: Personalities

Returning Yell for Yell: The Rebel Yell’s Antebellum Origins

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Matthew Guillen. The Rebel Yell was much romanticized during and after the war. Despite the popular belief in the Yell’s death with the death of the Confederacy, it also enjoyed wide currency … Continue reading

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“Little Photography in Jeffdom:” The Decline of Photography in the Civil War South

In 1862 Humphrey’s Journal of the Daguerreotype and Photographic Arts boasted that “The Photographic Art down South has completely died out in consequence of the war.”[i] Though an obvious overstatement, considering that southern photographers operated throughout the war, the journal … Continue reading

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Almira Hancock: An Officer’s Bride, Adventuress, & Homemaker (Part 2)

She opened the telegram, took a deep breath, and read aloud in a low voice: “I am severely wounded, not mortally. Join me at once in Philadelphia. Parker and Miller, I fear, are gone up.”[i] Wounded, not mortally. Join me … Continue reading

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Almira Hancock: An Officer’s Bride, Adventuress, & Homemaker (Part 1)

As the officers congratulated her husband and the ladies offered advice for folding dresses in traveling trunks, she glanced up at the map of America and shook her head resolutely. She had already lived in dilapidated military barracks in Missouri, … Continue reading

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Hardtack & Matzah

My Spring Break starts today. It isn’t politically correct to say “Easter” any more, so “Spring” will have to suffice. I thought a short column on Easter and the Civil War might be interesting, but it turns out Easter was … Continue reading

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The Falling Out Between John McClernand and Ulysses S. Grant

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Chick Butler, Banks, Sigel, McClernand. These are just the most infamous of the “political generals” of the American Civil War. The four named here are usually considered military incompetents, their victories … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: “A War Would Probably Be the Best Mode of Settling our Affairs with Mexico”

“I regret to say that everything looks unfavorable,” Topographical Engineer 2nd Lieutenant George G. Meade wrote on Feb. 18, 1846.[1] The 30-year old Meade was one of about 4,000 American soldiers and officers encamped around Corpus Christi, Texas, under the … Continue reading

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Bad Hats: A Look at CNN’s Take on the Election of 1860

I could hardly wait for it! One of my favorite historical happenings was getting its own hour in prime time on CNN’s The Race To the White House, and I thought, “About time, too!” There is simply no more interesting, … Continue reading

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Tattooed in Lieu of Dog Tags: The Identity of Capt. B. Frank Hean

New Years Day, 1896. The Melbourne, Australia suburb of St. Kilda. A man enjoying a beachside walk noticed a body lying beside the road, a glittering object clasped in its right hand. Walking over he found the man bleeding from … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Wesley Culp

Part of a Series. Many visitors to Gettysburg are familiar with the story of Wesley Culp, the boy who grew up in the town of Gettysburg. He hunted on his Uncle Henry’s farm, learned the leather trade in Gettysburg, and … Continue reading

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