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To Crush One Corps of Sherman’s Army: Henry Slocum’s Actions at Bentonville

Major General Henry W. Slocum could hardly believe his ears. Standing before him was an emaciated figure, dressed in enemy gray. The man, a “galvanized Yankee”, which was a term applied to captured Union soldiers who chose to enter Confederate … Continue reading

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The Battle of Bentonville: March 19, 1865

150 years ago, on the morning of March 19, 1865, the Battle of Bentonville opened with Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry delaying the advance of Maj. Gen. Henry Slocum’s Army of Georgia along the Goldsboro Road. Hampton had chosen the … Continue reading

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Looking Back to Cowpens: William J. Hardee and the Battle of Averasboro

After abandoning Fayetteville, North Carolina to Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s army group, Lieutenant General William J. Hardee withdrew his corps north of the city. Hardee had ordered the Clarendon Bridge over the Cape Fear River destroyed, removing the possibility of … Continue reading

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Through the Carolinas: Aspects of Sherman’s Second March

From the beginning of February to the latter part of March, 1865 Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s Army Group traversed the swamps, rivers and lowlands of the Carolinas. This was no small undertaking. Sherman faced a heady task. He would … Continue reading

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A Visit to Averasboro and Bentonville

Over Columbus Day weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to North Carolina to take pictures of the battlefields of Averasboro and Bentonville. These pictures will be used in Calamity in Carolina: The Battles of Averasboro and Bentonville, March 1865. … Continue reading

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Review: A Little Short of Boats by James Morgan III

With the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Ball’s Bluff coming up, I wanted to take a minute to plug James Morgan’s fantastic little book about the battle, A Little Short of Boats: The Battles of Balls’ Bluff & Edwards … Continue reading

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Ball’s Bluff and the Fall of Charles Stone

Second in a series When Union forces tumbled into the Potomac River on the evening of October 21, 1861 following their rout at Ball’s Bluff, the disaster was just beginning. The ripples from that plunge would be felt all the way … Continue reading

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Ball’s Bluff: A Conversation with Author James Morgan About His New Book, A Little Short of Boats

First in a series James Morgan didn’t set out to write a book. “It was accidental,” he says, “like the battle. I just ended up writing a book.” We’re walking across a small clearing, some three hundred yards or so … Continue reading

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Author James Morgan and the Battle of Ball’s Bluff

Prelude to a series I had the opportunity over the weekend to spend some time at the Ball’s Bluff battlefield with author James Morgan, whose excellent book Little Short of Boats provides the first clear study of the battle. Jim … Continue reading

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