Category Archives: Personalities

Victual Particulars

One of my favorite stories comes from Miller’s Photographic History, but I never knew its source. …until recently. In The Grayjackets: and How They Lived, Fought and Died for Dixie (Richmond, 1867), by “a Confederate” [James Dabney McCabe] I have … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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The Fight at Meadow Bridge: A Forgotten Cavalry Battle Outside Richmond

As the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia grappled for control of the Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, another battle took shape on the outskirts of Richmond. During the Federal march out of the Wilderness, the tumultuous … Continue reading

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It’s Smarter to Be Lucky: Finding Gun No. 2

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kevin Pawlak We all react to cannons on a Civil War battlefield differently.  Some people climb on them, others simply look at them, while others—like my friends and I—take pictures of … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: O Canada!

With the recent controversy involving O Canada in the NBA news, it might be of interest to our readers to note that the song is an echo of the Civil War. The song itself dates from 1880, when it was commissioned … Continue reading

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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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