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Stapleton Crutchfield: Stonewall’s Wounded Comrade

The ambulance lurched ever forward with a jerky, swaying motion. Pain dazed comprehension. General Jackson wounded? Lying just inches from him? How badly was the commander hurt? Exacerbated by the movements over the rough road, the dizzying, unrelenting agony radiated from … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Maryland Heights Overlook (Harpers Ferry, WV)

With cooler weather and autumn foliage on the way, it might be a good time to break-out your hiking boots, if you like to explore history in the great outdoors. How about a hike to see this view?

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Effects of a Shell

While doing some research the other day, I stumbled across a sketch that caught my eye. It seemed clever yet gruesome at the same time. Titled “Effects of a shell,” it appeared in the memoir of Sgt. Austin C. Sterns, Three … Continue reading

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Henry Shrapnel – “The Modern Archimedes”

  His last name jumps off the page, much like the term shrapnel usually does when leaving an artillery piece. “Shrapnel” as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary is “a projectile that consists of a case provided with a powder charge and … Continue reading

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May 1 in Chancellorsville

It’s May 1 in Chancellorsville, and there’s a boom of color in my front yard. The azaleas have burst open in pink and white, and there’s something else mixed in there—something magenta—I don’t recognize. The flowering dogwoods have inviting white … Continue reading

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Franklin 150th: Artillery Hell

One of the things often remembered about Gen. John Bell Hood’s attack is that it was made without artillery support. Like many of the aspects of Franklin, this isn’t entirely true. In fact, there were a few batteries present, one … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: The “Long Arm” Gets a Little Shorter Yet Again

As the Army of Tennessee settled into its new line along the imposing heights of Kennesaw Mountain and Sherman’s armies approached, the continued threat of death from Sharpshooters and cannon Fire continued. Falling today 150 years ago on this line … Continue reading

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Cold Harbor Sunset

Sunset at the Cold Harbor Visitor Station Richmond National Battlefield: Cold Harbor Unit Friday, February 21, 2014

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Chickamauga: Artillery in the Puckerbrush

The dense forests around Chickamauga proved to be a nightmare for artillerists. Although there were several farms in the area with cleared fields, the old-growth forest that dominated the landscape made it hard for cannoneers to find an open place … Continue reading

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