Tag Archives: First Manassas

Stonewall and the Chindit I: On Character and Generalship

Contemporaries of British Major General Orde Charles Wingate, famed leader of the Chindit special forces in Burma and a noted guerrilla commander in Africa and Palestine before that, often searched for someone with which to compare him. They usually hit … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station

Part one in a series 153 years ago this week, Union and Confederate cavalry clashed across the fields and rolling hills of Culpeper County. Deriving its name from a nearby hamlet and train stop along the Orange and Alexandria railroad, … Continue reading

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Returning Yell for Yell: The Rebel Yell’s Antebellum Origins

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Matthew Guillen. The Rebel Yell was much romanticized during and after the war. Despite the popular belief in the Yell’s death with the death of the Confederacy, it also enjoyed wide currency … Continue reading

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The Winchester Photograph: Portrait of A General’s Character

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle There were only two photos of General “Stonewall” Jackson taken during the war. One photograph was made during April 1863, shortly before his final battle at Chancellorsville and … Continue reading

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The Ken Burns Effect

Lest anyone underestimate the importance of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, take a second to study this graph:

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Some Reflections on William Tecumseh Sherman

I must admit, it is exceptionally difficult to reflect on William Tecumseh Sherman. No question, he was one of the most enigmatic individuals of the American Civil War. The mere mention of his name in general company today, 150 years … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: The Death of Robert Rodes

One of James Taylor’s sketches was that of the death of Robert Rodes at the Battle of Third Winchester on September 19, 1864. Rodes was a native of Virginia and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He would fight at … 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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Fighting For Both: Frank Crawford Armstrong

First part of the series “Tales From the Tombstone“ Frank Crawford Armstrong became a brigadier general in Confederate on January 20, 1863 after extensive service in the Trans-Mississippi and Western theaters. After a myriad of assignments, from serving on the … Continue reading

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Eastern Theater versus Western Theater: Where the Civil War Was Won and Lost: Part Two

Part two in a series. This series was put together from one of my extended graduate school research papers. The sources used were the current research between 2007-2008, obviously the historiography of the Civil War expands on a monthly basis, … Continue reading

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