Tag Archives: Newspapers

“The Sound of the First Gun”: The Bombardment of Fort Sumter Observed at a Distance

It’s the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, the traditional beginning of the American Civil War (April 12, 1861). In the April 20th edition of The Charleston Daily Courier, I found the following account by a correspondent using the … Continue reading

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Forts: Capturing “The Rebel Fort Henry on the Tennessee River”

On February 6, 1862, Fort Henry on the Tennessee River surrendered after Union attack. It was a much-needed victory for the Union cause and newspapers rapidly picked up the accounts. I found this account from the February 8th edition of … Continue reading

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A Scene of “Horrible Barbarity”

In the spirit of the Halloween season, I present a curiously morbid story entitled “Horrible Barbarity” that circulated through a few newspapers in the spring of 1864. The article, published first by the Houston Daily Telegraph around April 30, 1864, … Continue reading

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Civil War History & the Dallas Museum of Art: The Icebergs

(A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas. While wandering through the galleries, I kept finding interesting pieces of art with ties to the Civil War. Some pieces were created or … Continue reading

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The Battle of Belmont as Told in a Comic Strip

The University of the South has digitized the Polk Family Papers. While going there to find something related to Shiloh (there was not much but it’s a hard site to use) I came upon a comic strip titled Under the … Continue reading

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The Post-Shiloh Musings of General Sherman

There is little doubt that the Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862, changed not only the nature of the American Civil War, but also the trajectory of William Tecumseh Sherman’s career.  Going into the battle Sherman was working diligently to … Continue reading

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On The Eve Of War: Atlanta, Georgia

“A slight perceptible odor of Yankeedom.” This is how someone characterized Atlanta at the time of the war. The disparagement reflected the bustling business air about the city: clanking railroad cars, up-and-coming factories, thriving commercial center with plenty of merchants, … Continue reading

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“‘Tis folly to say the people must have news”: Sherman, the Press, and Our Own Culpability

In a Feb. 18, 1863, letter to his brother, Sen. John Sherman of Ohio, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman lamented what he saw as a deterioration of American ideals. In order to defeat the Confederacy, he feared that the United … Continue reading

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“A Central Figure of Transcendingly Absorbing Interest”: The Wilkesons at Gettysburg

ECW welcomes guest author Evan Portman On July 1st, 1863,  nineteen-year-old Bayard Wilkeson and his men of Battery G, 4th U.S. Artillery arrived in Gettysburg after a twelve-mile march from Emmitsburg, Maryland. The descendent of a prominent New York family, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 2/1-2/7/21

What’s your favorite Civil War account in a newspaper? (1860’s or veterans’ writings) Does it seem accurate or is it the inaccuracies that make it a favorite?

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