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Book Review: Wisconsin at Antietam: The Badger State’s Sacrifice on America’s Bloodiest Day

Sometimes you just need everything in one place–background, analysis, good quotes, orders of battle, pertinent illustrations, some politics, maps, context, chapter notes, and an easy-to-use-index. From cover to cover, this little gem–Cal Schoonover’s Wisconsin at Antietam: The Badger State’s Sacrifice on … Continue reading

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Who Was First at Gettysburg?

When one thinks of the red corps badge of the First Division, First Corps of the Army of the Potomac, the mind immediately jumps to everyone’s favorite black hat wearing westerners, the First Brigade, the Iron Brigade. However, another group … Continue reading

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2nd Wisconsin Infantry: A Study In Demographics

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Bill Backus One of the famous regiments that served in the Civil War was the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. As part of the famed Iron Brigade, the 2nd Wisconsin saw hard service with the Army … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part three)

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

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An Enduring Controversy: The Pipe Creek Circular and the Battle of Gettysburg

Part Two In part one of this two-part series, we examined the content of the Pipe Creek Circular, and we also looked at the Pipe Creek Line itself. In this, the second part, we will examine the controversy created by … Continue reading

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The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: Part Two

The Conclusion of a Series The Army of the Potomac benefited greatly early on July 1st due to the fact that no high ranking Confederate officer seemed to want to take control of the fight. Division commander Henry Heth has … Continue reading

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The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: Part One

Part One in a Series On the morning of July 1st, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers made their way towards the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. Three full days of viscous fighting were touched off three miles to the west … Continue reading

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The Western Federal

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jim Taub. As Joseph Polley, a sergeant of the 4th Texas Infantry, moved through the dense Georgia underbrush, the sounds and smells of battle overwhelmed his senses. The cracking of musketry and … Continue reading

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Edward Thomas’ Georgia Brigade at the Battle of Jericho Mills on May 23, 1864

We are pleased today to welcome award-winning author John J. Fox III The hot afternoon sun on May 23, 1864 beat down on the backs of Brig. Gen, Edward Thomas’ Georgians as they halted at a small hamlet called Anderson Station … Continue reading

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“Sally had a baby, and the baby had red hair”—part two

Today, we bring you the second part of Lance Herdegen’s two-part piece about the music of the Iron Brigade, which was not only one of the most famous fighting units in the Army of the Potomac but whose members also … Continue reading

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