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After thoroughly impressing President Lincoln with the ability to gather and transmit intelligence from the air, Thaddeus Lowe was granted funding to start producing hot-air balloons for the Union Army. He named the first balloon Union.
During the past few weeks, we’ve noted some similarities between political campaigns in the 1860’s and the modern era. We’ve learned that mudslinging and “creative insults” aren’t new. We’ve reminded ourselves that Americans are opinionated. There’s one aspect of 1860’s politics … Continue reading
1860’s Politics: After All These Years, Why Do We Think President McClellan Would Have Given the Rebels an Armistice?
Approaching the 1864 Northern presidential election, students of the Atlanta Campaign tend to focus on how Sherman’s capture of the city on Sept. 2, 1864 helped President Lincoln win re-election. Conversely, we ponder Southerners’ hopes that the Democratic candidate, Maj. … Continue reading
Col. Lonsdale Hale first coined the now oft-used phrase “fog of war” in 1896. He termed it as “the state of ignorance in which commanders frequently find themselves as regards the real strength and position, not only of their foes, … Continue reading
Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author William Griffith “The startling announcement was made on Thursday [actually Friday] morning that General McClellan was dead,” read New Jersey’s The Orange Journal on Sunday, October 31, 1885, “…very few … Continue reading
So far, George McClellan’s plan was working. Robert Garnett remained transfixed by Thomas Morris, convinced that was the main force. Besides, Garnett felt that he did not have to worry for the 1,300-man force south of him at Rich Mountain. … Continue reading
The 1861 Western Virginia Campaigns are a fascinating but vastly overlooked piece of Civil War campaign history. Like many battles fought in that first year, they pale in size when stood up next to Antietam, Gettysburg, or Vicksburg. The battles … Continue reading
On this day in 1841, precisely 175 years ago, Major General Winfield Scott became Commanding General of the U.S. Army. He held this post for 20 years and four months, longer than any other Commanding General or U.S. Army Chief … Continue reading
Part three of a series. Camp Health and Winter Huts Camp health and cleanliness was also a major concern. Most of the enlisted men spent their winters in small huts, reminiscent of those used by Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. … Continue reading