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On Anniversaries and the Timeline of History

The Battle of Gettysburg took place 155 years ago last month. Seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? Seems even further back to the founding of the United States in the 1780s, right? “Dates are the pegs on which we … Continue reading

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Polk’s Resting Place

Leonidas Polk remains something of an elusive figure to military historians. He owed his high rank to his friendship with Jefferson Davis. But Polk could have risen up the officer ranks on his own. He was charismatic, well-connected, wealthy, and … Continue reading

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The Question of Hood and the Army of Tennessee: “Far Better” or “Far Better?”

“Punctuation acts as signposts to help your reader understand how to read your writing,” I tell my students. Many of the first-year writers I teach are still coming to grips with just how important good punctuation is—and how subtle and … Continue reading

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One of Sherman’s Pioneers: The Story of Levi Lindsay

Born in Caton, NY, on November 15, 1839, Levi Lindsay was the second son of Allen Lindsay, Jr. (1810-1891) and Harriet Benson (1825-1860). He had four siblings: Horace (1837 – 1871), Charlotte (1844 – 1876), Hannah (1846 – 1860) and … Continue reading

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Major Tom Taylor at Ezra Church

On July 28, 1864, the Union Army of the Tennessee reached a point west of Atlanta from where they could threaten the Macon Railroad, which entered Atlanta from the southwest. In an effort to thwart that move, Confederate General John … Continue reading

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On Location: The Site of Leonidas Polk’s Death

On June 14, 1864, Confederate Lt. Gen. Leonidas Polk was inspecting Federal movements from atop Pine Mountain when Federal artillery opened fire on him. I went On Location, on the anniversary of Polk’s death, to the spot where he was … Continue reading

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Site of Leonidas Polk’s Death

I’m on location today at the site of Leonidas Polk’s death, which took place on this date in 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign. I’ll have a video posted later once I get to some better Internet, but I thought I … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Monuments

This small stone marker sits at the foot of a low ridge just outside of the very sleepy burg of Resaca, in north Georgia. In mid-may, 1864, Resaca was little more than a railroad stop and a fortified camp to … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: All the Fighting They Want by Steve Davis

We’re getting ready for the launch of our spring books in the Emerging Civil War series. At the printer now is the much-anticipated second volume in Steve Davis’s two-part recounting of the battles for Atlanta: All the Fighting They Want: … Continue reading

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Joe Johnston Backpeddling to the Gulf?

While working on an essay for one of Emerging Civil War’s upcoming books with Southern Illinois University Press, I came across several accounts about Gen. Joe Johnston’s constant backwards motion during the spring and early summer of 1864. They were … Continue reading

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