Forty years ago, as a doctoral graduate student at Emory University, I received invitation to write about several Confederate generals for The Dictionary of Georgia Biography (2 vols., Athens, 1983). One of those whom I chose was Henry Lewis Benning, … Continue reading
People visiting the Antietam battlefield often wonder why the Confederate defenders did not entrench or build breastworks to strengthen their positions. After all, Antietam’s landscape is not marred by miles of trenches and extant earthworks. “Why not?” they wonder. Answering … Continue reading
Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author, Joe Owen. Joe has provided an account from Sergeant Val Giles of the 4th Texas Infantry. It was originally published in The Galveston Daily News on May 16, 1897.
Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Memory, Personalities, Primary Sources
Tagged 4th Texas Infantry, Battle of Gaines Mill, Chickamauga, Henry Benning, JEB Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Joseph Johnston, Robert E. Lee, Roger Pryor, Stonewall Jackson
Was John Fulton Reynolds a great corps commander? Was Reynolds even a great general? And why do Civil War buffs have such a high regard for an officer who did so little in the Civil War compared to the likes … Continue reading
Posted in Leadership--Federal, Memory
Tagged Abner Doubleday, Chancellorsville, Death of John Reynolds, Frank O'Reilly, George Meade, Gettysburg, Henry Benning, James Wadsworth, John Buford, John Gibbon, John Reynolds, Lutheran Theological Seminary, McPherson Ridge, Oliver Otis Howard, Second Manassas, William Gamble