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“An unmitigated fraud” – Henry Judah at Resaca

On May 16, 1864, just outside Resaca Georgia, Brig. Gen. Milo S. Hascall quietly relinquished command of the Second Brigade, Second Division, XXIII Corps stepping up to take charge of the division. He replaced Brig. Gen. Henry M. Judah. Judah … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Hammets

On May 14, 1864, just north of the Green family cabin, twenty-four-year-old Robert C. Hammet fell dead with a bullet in his brain. His regiment, the 54th Virginia, was ordered into a reckless, suicidal charge against a line of Federal … Continue reading

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“A Piece of Bone,” Bishop Polk, and the National Tribune

Editor’s note: Stephen Davis’ forthcoming book, The National Tribune Remembers the Atlanta Campaign, will be published next year by Savas Beatie. The National Tribune, a weekly newspaper published in Washington from 1877 to 1943, was arguably the most comprehensive repository … Continue reading

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Scenes from Rocky Face Ridge

I had the remarkable opportunity today to visit the crest of Rocky Face Ridge just outside Dalton, Georgia. My visit came as part of a video swing by the American Battlefield Trust with Garry Adelman and Kris White, and our … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: A Long and Bloody Task and All the Fighting They Want

The Romans had a phrase: Brevitas aurea est, “shortness is golden.” (Well, they really didn’t, but amo Latinam, so I make these things up as I go along.) As an Atlanta Campaign guy, I join countless others in esteeming Albert … Continue reading

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Good Words from a Johnny

I’m working on a book for Savas Beatie tentatively titled “The National Tribune Remembers the Atlanta Campaign.” In the National Tribune of Jan. 27, 1898, I came came across this sad tale of a Union veteran. The “Good Words from … Continue reading

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George Disney Atop Rocky Face Ridge

“I don’t think I can do this.” My voice, tense with anxiety, barely reached my husband who had already set out on the trail, leaving me in the church parking lot at the bottom of the mountain. I looked back … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast: The Early Phases of the Atlanta Campaign

Steve Davis talks about the early phases of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign in this new podcast episode. His years of research on the campaign have resulted in seven books and national awards, including the Fletcher Pratt Award, the Richard Barksdale … Continue reading

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C’mon, Cump!

In his recent, admiring biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, Brian Holden Reid terms him a “dazzling literary stylist.” Well, watch out for that razzle-dazzle, at least in Sherman’s Memoirs (1875). I am not the first to notice that in his … Continue reading

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Please—no more Jonesboropia!

In my new book, Texas Brigadier to the Fall of Atlanta: John Bell Hood (Mercer University Press, December 2019), I coin a word, Jonesboropia, to refer to the persistent myth that the battle of Jonesboro, fought south of Atlanta on … Continue reading

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