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John Mosby & The Partisan Rangers

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Bill Backus In early March 1864, Lieutenant Charles White led a detachment of 40 troopers from the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry from their encampment near Bristoe Station. Their mission was to scour the … Continue reading

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Every Free, Able-bodied White Male Citizen: Two Examples of Militia readiness in Antebellum America Part II

Volunteer militias became popular in all areas of the country, but only two will be considered here: the Black Horse Cavalry from Fauquier County, Virginia, and the U. S. Zouave Cadets, from Chicago, Illinois. These militia companies each had a … Continue reading

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Every Free Able-bodied White Male Citizen: Two Examples of Militia Readiness in Antebellum America Part I

Current historiography claims that voluntary state militias were a joke as to their degree of real military preparedness. Further, these militias and their elected officers were often considered detrimental to the formation of both the Federal and Confederate armies in … Continue reading

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