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“Remembered With Special Honor”: Benjamin Davis at Brandy Station

Today marks the 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station. One of the more interesting and I think forgotten figures of the engagement is Col. Benjamin Franklin “Grimes” Davis. Unlike many of his comrades, Davis was a Southerner. George … Continue reading

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General John Martindale: Genesee’s Forgotten General

I was recently asked to participate in a ghost walk to benefit the Historic Batavia Cemetery in Batavia, NY. Knowing as they do my interest in the Civil War, I was asked to portray Gen. John H. Martindale. The name … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change (Part Three)

(part three in a series) In the Napoleonic system, the army’s mounted arm took multiple forms. There were: carabiniers, cuirassiers, dragoons, hussars, chasseurs, and lancers. Each had its own specific mission. Carabiniers were armed with dragoon carbines and sabers, and … Continue reading

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No Way! Arizona? The Battle of Picacho Pass…Part 2

Part two in a series. As the infant Confederacy crawled its way west out of Texas and into New Mexico Territory, California had other plans.  The Golden State was not going to join the Confederacy, despite inflamed rumors from the … Continue reading

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