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General Sherman’s Christmas in Savannah

Despite the dire predictions of what the terrible Sherman might do to the fine city of Savannah once he got his claws on it, the people of the city soon found that the lion had turned pussycat.  Of course, anything … Continue reading

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Assault on Ft. McAllister announces Sherman’s arrival outside Savannah

Nearing the end of his militarily unorthodox March to the Sea through the heart of Georgia, in early December 1864, Sherman approached the outer lines of Savannah cautiously. Wishing to avoid a frontal assault on the Confederate lines, which would … Continue reading

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Penn Yan, NY, Cemetery Yields Old Acquaintance

While surveying the Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan, NY, recently, I stumbled upon an old acquaintance – John Morrison Oliver.

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Coming to My Senses: A Review of Mark Smith’s The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War

Smith, Mark M. The Smell of Battle, the Taste of Siege: A Sensory History of the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. A “Sensory History?” What is a “Sensory” history? The title certainly catches your attention and leaves … Continue reading

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Mediocre to Average? William T. Sherman as a Battlefield Commander

The subject of the post is a question that has been puzzling me for quite awhile. Indeed, one could consider this a Question of the Week, but on steroids. Was William T. Sherman, a man who remains in the pantheon … Continue reading

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Whiskey and War: The Case of Joseph Mower at the Battle of Corinth

Over the course of the last year and a half, one of the officers who has grabbed my attention is Maj. Gen. Joseph Mower. Having served in the War with Mexico, Mower compiled an impressive combat record during the Civil … Continue reading

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What Did They Know?

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes When considering historical events, it is too easy to wonder, given what happened, why in the world our ancestors did what they did. But we must remember that they … Continue reading

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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 Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part Two: Valuables

The physical trauma Sherman and his troops forced upon the Southern countryside riddles letters and diaries, and the psychological trauma is still evident in the resentment passed down between generations. The chaos of unorganized Union foraging parties followed a pattern … Continue reading

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The Art of Hiding Personal Effects, Part One: Slaves

As Union forces marched south under Sherman, wreaking havoc across several Southern states, stories of Northern atrocities spread. It’s hard to say which stories were true, and which were fanciful creations that played on Southern sentiments, like some of those … Continue reading

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