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The Other Confederate War Criminal – Champ Ferguson

150 years ago last week, on October 20, 1865, Champ Ferguson was hanged in Nashville. He and Andersonville’s commandant, Henry Wirz, were the only Confederates tried and executed for war crimes after the Civil War. I wrote about one of … Continue reading

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They Intended To Kill All Of Them – Battle and Death in Southwest Virginia

150 years ago today, 5,000 Union soldiers marched toward Saltville, Virginia, aiming to destroy the key saltworks at that town. Under the command of Major General Stephen Burbridge, the forces were made up mostly of Kentucky Mounted Infantry, plus a … Continue reading

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Fateful Lightning: Was Sherman’s March To the Sea a War Crime? Part II

On November 15 1864, Sherman began marching south, dividing his army into two wings. On November 22, a large (4,500) group of Confederate soldiers under General Pleasant J. Phillips met part (1,500) of the right wing of Sherman’s troops, commanded … Continue reading

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