Category Archives: Regiments

Things I have learned on the way to Atlanta – Johnston as Executioner

Last week’s post, about Yankee pickets firing snow bombs at each other, made me laugh. Soldier life, however, was rarely so amusing. From my forthcoming volume on the first part of the Atlanta Campaign, to be published by Savas Beatie, … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Life: Mohammad Ali Nicholas Sa’id, Polyglot Genius of the Fifty-Fifth Massachusetts

The ink was barely dry on Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in January, 1863 when Massachusetts Governor John A. Andrew successfully petitioned the War Department to recruit a Black regiment for the Union Army. Andrew’s recruitment team, led by John Mercer Langston … Continue reading

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The 100th Indiana’s Flag

160 years ago this month, the 100th Indiana Volunteers joined Federal service. The regiment (known as the Persimmon Regiment after fall 1862) saw action in the Vicksburg Campaign, the Battles for Chattanooga, and then in all campaigns of the Army … Continue reading

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Hispanic Americans in the Civil War

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), I’d like to provide our ECW readers with an overview of the contribution that Hispanic Americans made to the Civil War. Across the nation, Americans and immigrants that could … Continue reading

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A Failure to Organize: Philadelphia’s Board of Trade Rifles

I’m a sucker for a good recruiting poster. Their patriotic images and garish text so often evoke the pomp, pageantry, and enthusiasm on display in the early years of the Civil War. These broadsides can tell us a lot about … Continue reading

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The 24th Maine’s colonel excoriates Nathaniel Banks

When the 24th Maine Infantry Regiment officially completed its nine months of military service in July 1863, Col. George Marston Atwood expected to take his weary men home from Port Hudson. Nathaniel Banks apparently squelched the idea, though, and the … Continue reading

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The Normal School Company

The 44th New York has a distinctive castle-like monument on Gettysburg’s Little Round Top. Visitors can climb up and get a fine view of that sector, and it is a popular stop. It is visible from many parts of the … Continue reading

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“Blackest Man in New Orleans” – Captain Cailloux of the Louisiana Native Guards – Part 2

Find Part One Here The Native Guards on the extreme right of the Union flank at Port Hudson were positioned in front of some of the roughest terrain on the battlefield and ordered to attack the strongest portion of the … Continue reading

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The Parade for Gettysburg’s 75th

As another Gettysburg anniversary passes into the background, it is worth recalling that the battlefield’s history did not stop in 1863. I recently noticed something interesting about the 75th anniversary in 1938, specifically about the parade on July 2 by … Continue reading

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“Blackest Man in New Orleans” – Captain Cailloux of the Louisiana Native Guards – Part 1

The unit that would be later known as the Louisiana Native Guards found its start, astoundingly, in Confederate Louisiana in May of 1861. Accepted as a militia regiment by Governor Thomas Moore, 33 black officers and 731 privates – all … Continue reading

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