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Seven Pines and Seven Days: Robert E. Lee Replaces “Old Joe” Johnston (part two)

(part two of three) Robert E. Lee’s first actions as commander of the Army of Northern Virginia were to instill discipline and to construct earthworks around the city. He was quickly derided for this in the press and in the … Continue reading

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Confiscating Confederate Tobacco: Thomas Hyde at Gaines’ Mill

Thomas Worcester Hyde served as a distinguished inspector general and infantry commander in the VI Corps for much of the war. His bold assault at Antietam earned him the Medal of Honor and his New York Times obituary championed him … Continue reading

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A Doctor’s Duty

The photo to the right is the Union field hospital at Savage Station, Virginia, the day after the Battle of Gaines’s Mill on June 27, 1862. Hours after this photograph was taken, most of these men ended up as Confederate … Continue reading

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J.B. Polley and Hood’s Texas Brigade

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Joe Owen The enduring fame of General John Bell Hood’s Texas brigade in Civil War history was due in large part to a soldier of the Fourth Texas Infantry Regiment, Quarter … Continue reading

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Unknown Flag of Gettysburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub On July 1st, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. As the forces of both armies converged on the sleepy Pennsylvania town that Wednesday morning, each regiment carried with them … 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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Review Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia

Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks and Wythe Holt Savas Beatie, 2013 312 pages, 140 images, 5 maps In the spring of 1861, our Nation was ripped apart by … Continue reading

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From the Stone Wall to a Shad Bake

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.” George Edward Pickett was ecstatic on the morning of July 3, 1863. His division, which had missed the fighting at Chancellorsville in May and had been way in the rear … Continue reading

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Fire Along Boatswain Creek: Reflections on the Battle of Gaines Mill

Traveling for an extended Columbus Day weekend vacation, I had the opportunity to make an early-morning stop at the Gaines Mill battlefield. Much to my delight, I found upon arrival that I had the entire battlefield to myself. After reading … Continue reading

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