Tag Archives: Elmer Ellsworth

“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 4 of a series

Strew roses o’er his corpse, Chant, O ye Land, the soldier’s burial hymn O’er Ellsworth’s bier; and as ye sadly turn, With falt’ring voice, and eyes with teardrops dim, Swear ye that Retribution’s torch may burn In every breast! Elmer … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 3 of a series

 To Ellsworth  So young, so brave, so early called    We mourn above his laurelled bier; His name on every heart enrolled,    To friends, and home, and country dear. The last two things Colonel Ellsworth added were the badge … Continue reading

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“Boys, That Flag Must Come Down!” Part 2 of a series

Weep, weep Columbia! Death, with traitorous hand, Has slain a Hero, quenched a manly flame; Cast heartfelt sorrow o’er a throbbing land, And carved, for future years to read, a name On the grand alter of our Country’s fame. The … Continue reading

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James Jackson: The Original Virginia Flagger Part 1 in a series

Shout, shout his deed of glory. Tell it in song and story; Tell it where soldiers brave Rush fearless to their grave: Tell it–a magic spell In that great deed shall dwell.   Many think that raising the Confederate flag … Continue reading

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“May the force be with you, Doctor Letterman.”

Into the lives of most grad students a thesis shall fall. Into my life it has, indeed. A thesis is not a biography. Instead one picks a topic of interest, asks some pointed questions about it, and then researches the … Continue reading

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The East Room / April 20, 1865, 3:00 AM

It was only a still night if the weather was what counted. The White House, draped inside and out with mourning, was surrounded by military guards, and citizens who ranged from morbidly curious to brokenhearted.

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On the First Day of Christmas . . . The Gift of War Part III

Nothing says Holiday Cheer like an indoor fir tree filled with armaments of war. Or commanded by war leaders. Or bedecked in battle flags. Nothing, I tell you. And it can all be yours with some carefree shopping on your … Continue reading

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Really? You Needed That?

I do not know if any of our readers know historians or history buffs. Perhaps you fit into these categories yourselves. If so, I hope this post resonates with you.

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REMEMBER ELLSWORTH!

At this point in the sesquicentennial celebration of the American Civil War–mid-1864– historians and buffs are thinking about casualty numbers in the hundreds of thousands, often tens of thousands per battle. Was Union General Ulysses S. Grant a butcher to … Continue reading

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

Also in 1859, young Elmer Ellsworth became captain of a moribund militia company, the National Guard Cadets of Chicago, Illinois. Ellsworth had developed a statewide reputation as a drillmaster, and agreed to take on the challenge of rebuilding this group … Continue reading

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