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If there are only 24 years…

24 years. That’s all John Pelham had on this earth. On March 17, 1863, during the Battle of Kelly’s Ford, the young artillery major and commander of the Stuart Horse Artillery was mortally wounded. After he tumbled off his horse, … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg: “A Magnificent View of Battle” According To An English Captain

At least one British officer observed the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862, from the Confederate lines. Captain Phillips of the Grenadier Guards had taken the opportunity of a leave of absence in the late autumn of 1862 to … Continue reading

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Under Fire: “Till My Heart Sickens and War Is Not Glorious” — John Pelham at First Manassas

It had been three months since John Pelham of Alabama left West Point Military Academy under the cover of darkness and began his circuitous journey into the heart of the newly formed Confederacy. His months of waiting, asking for advice, … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Stuart Horse Artillery

On December 19, 1861, the following announcement appeared in the Jacksonville Republican in Jacksonville, Alabama. (Spelling and grammar is original.) Capt. John Pelham, of Calhoun county, who is now in the Confederate army at Manassas, temporarily in command of the … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: John Pelham

In this week’s Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight  Sarah Bierle previews her presentation on fallen leader John Pelham. Continue reading to see what Sarah will be examining during her presentation in August.

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Virtual Symposium 2020: The Boys Who Rode Around McClellan

Today, we’re pleased to share Sarah Kay Bierle’s talk from the 2020 ECW Virtual Symposium. Sarah’s talk was titled: ” ‘We’re the boys who rode around McClellan’: The Chambersburg Raid of 1862.” “Stuart’s Chambersburg Raid of 1862 has been part … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Books, Books, Books Part 2

This week our Symposium Spotlight will get you excited about a summer reading list. In part two of this series, our presenters have suggested works that will get you prepared for this year’s theme “Fallen Leaders of the Civil War.” … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: John Pelham

In this week’s Emerging Civil War Symposium Spotlight  Sarah Bierle previews her presentation on fallen leader John Pelham. Continue reading to see what Sarah will be examining during her presentation in August.

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“The Batteries On Each Side Ceased Firing”: Civilians In Antietam’s Cross Fire

While the Confederate and Union artillery guns dueled during the morning hours of September 17, 1862, their shells flew over the farm land and homes of local civilians. Long before the Sharpsburg area became a battlefield, it was quiet community … Continue reading

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“The Hand of a Master”: Confederate Artillery on the Left Flank at Antietam

By sunrise on September 17, 1862, the Confederate guns waited on the left flank. Ordered to guard “Stonewall” Jackson’s flank and use the high ground advantage to blast Union attackers, the assembled cannons and crews prepared for battle. General J. … Continue reading

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