Tag Archives: Europe and the Civil War

He Freely Gave Himself: George Leppien and His Maine Battery

In the midst of a growing crisis on the Army of Virginia’s left flank, a battery of Maine artillerymen trotted to the top of Chinn Ridge. The trained gunners unlimbered their pieces and prepared their guns to open on the … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg: “A Magnificent View of Battle” According To An English Captain

At least one British officer observed the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, from the Confederate lines. Captain Phillips of the Grenadier Guards had taken the opportunity of a leave of absence in the late autumn of 1862 to … Continue reading

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Mary Chesnut & The Royals, Part 2

Though Mary Chesnut occasionally wrote about Queen Victoria, her more colorfully written royal gossip centered on Louis Napoleon and Eugenie, the Emperor and Empress of France. Nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis Napoleon (aka Napoleon III) presided as the first president … Continue reading

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An 1863 Staff Ride with the Russians?

Over the holidays, I had a couple of long flights which is the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading. One of the books I had “gifted myself” for Christmas is the edited letters of Theodore Lyman who served on … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/23-7/29/18

What accounts or events in Europe’s reaction to the American Civil War do you find most interesting?

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Charles Dickens, America, & The Civil War

If you look at lists or letters or diaries mentioning reading material from the mid-19th Century in America, you’ll likely find a book or two by British author Charles Dickens – if that reader enjoyed novels. Popular on both sides … Continue reading

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