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Andersonville Offers Wonderful Writing Amidst Horrific Suffering

Every so often as we read, we writers run into a sentence that is so spot-on perfect that we say, “Damn, I wish I’d written that.” Such writer-envy is not uncommon, and at its heart, it springs from a deep … Continue reading

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“Dead Yankees at Andersonville”

In his recent book, Damn Yankees! Demonization & Defiance in the Confederate South (LSU, 2015), George Rable writes that many Southerners held such an intense hatred of Yankees that the only thing they could think of doing “was to kill … Continue reading

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“Was Taken Prisoner”: A Pennsylvanian in the Wilderness and Andersonville

On May 5, 1864, my wife’s great-great-great grandfather, Levi Bowen, was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of the Wilderness. By the spring of 1864, Levi,  a member of Company H, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves was a seasoned veteran. In … Continue reading

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Henry Wirz’s Story: Spin Set In Stone

To believe the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Henry Wirz got the shaft. And so they gave him the shaft, too. Dedicated on May 12, 1909, a monument to the former commandant of South’s most notorious Civil War prison stands … Continue reading

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“He Will Judge Between You and Me”: The 150th Anniversary of the Execution of Henry Wirz

            Forty-one year old Henry Wirz, late major of the Confederate army and commandant of the Camp Sumter prisoner of war camp, sat in his own prison cell and petted a cat.[1] There was little else for the man to … Continue reading

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A Walk Through Andersonville

I was not sure what to expect as we turned onto the drive that led to Andersonville. This was the part of our trip that I had been looking forward to the most. We are all drawn to the fields … Continue reading

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Day Two: Andersonville

Part four in a series Two weeks ago, I discovered I had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. This was big news for me because, according to family history on both sides, my ancestors were immigrants who came … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Civil War Treasure

When pondering the history of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the first thing that springs to mind is generally not the city’s involvement in the American Civil War. Although the state hosted the most famous battle of the war, Pittsburgh seemingly stood … Continue reading

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Long Abraham Lincoln a Little Longer: Soldier Voting in the Election of 1864 Pt. 4

 Many Democrats were hoping that the men in the field, particularly those in the Army of the Potomac, would remain loyal to former commanding general George McClellan. They underestimated the ability of the Union soldier to analyze for himself just … Continue reading

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“Hellmira”—a Place of “Terrible Memory,” Nearly Forgotten

Driving through Elmira, New York, last week, a comment from David Blight’s Race and Reunion sprang to mind. In the book, he quotes Clay MacCauley, a veteran from Rhode Island: “The infamous sites of Civil War prisons, [MacCauley] wrote, were … Continue reading

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