Tag Archives: Elisha Hunt Rhodes

“Move at the Sound of the Bugle, …Straight to the Front”

The 2nd Rhode Island Infantry Regiment formed in June 1861 and fought from First Bull Run through the Appomattox Campaign. By the opening days of April 1865, Elisha Hunt Rhodes – who had enlisted as volunteer corporal – promoted to … Continue reading

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Primary Sources: All for the Union and Company Aytch, For Example

When asked about ideas concerning primary sources that might be recommended to ECW readers, it did not take me more than a second to exclaim, “All for the Union!” This book—the Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes—was … Continue reading

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Christmas 1863: “So Good-bye Homesicknesses”

This week I looked at some excerpts from Elisha Hunt Rhodes’s Civil War journal and found some interesting happenings in this Union soldier’s Christmas 155 years ago. Winter quarters, re-enlistment, patriotism, and Christmas made their way into his writings at … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part two)

Part two of a series. A New Chief of Staff and Improved Supply System Ambrose E. Burnside left the Army of the Potomac with a litany of major problems; many of which were brought on by poor staff work. To … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 150 years ago

“Thanksgiving day, when the fat turkey is served in state,” said Theodore Lyman, a member of Gen. George Gordon Meade’s staff. “And this [was the day] appointed for our flank move on Orange Court House….” One hundred and fifty years … Continue reading

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Pick #7 in the Top Ten: Your Choice of a Diary, Journal, Or Collection of Letters, by a real enlisted soldier, Yank or Reb

Part of a Series: Books Every Civil War Buff Ought to Own Every bookshelf should contain some sort of diary or collection of letters, memoirs, etc. from one person who served in the Civil War. I would recommend a volume … Continue reading

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Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot . . .

Christmas during the nineteenth century was much different from what it is now. It was not even the main holiday of the season until late in the century. Originally, Christmas was a religious holiday, and the first day of a … Continue reading

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