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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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Recruiting The Regiment: The Petersburg Regiment, 12th Virginia Infantry

ECW welcomes John Horn The regiment’s core, known as the Petersburg Battalion, included five infantry companies:  the Petersburg City Guard; the Petersburg Old or ‘A’ Grays; the Petersburg New or ‘B’ Grays; the Lafayette Guards; and the Petersburg Riflemen. Only … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: A New State Answers The Call To War

ECW welcomes Lance J. Herdegen.  News of the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861 was announced from the pulpits of small-town churches and elsewhere on a peaceful Sunday morning in Wisconsin. “The effect…can hardly be told upon those who had … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Discovering The Doctor In The Ranks Of The 2nd Virginia Infantry

The young doctor was going back to Virginia when he believed his homestate was threatened. He had done it once before, leading a “secession movement” from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1859, taking over three hundred students with him … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The 154th New York—A Regiment That Wasn’t Meant To Be

ECW welcomes Mark H. Dunkelman I’ve spent the past sixty years tracing a Civil War regiment that wasn’t in the plans. Had certain circumstances not occurred, the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry would not have been raised—and the lives of … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The Militia & The 2nd Maine Infantry

ECW welcomes Brian Swartz Patriotic fervor rocketed through the Pine Tree State as the 2nd Maine Infantry Regiment formed in mid-April 1861. The regiment would not have shipped so soon to Washington, D.C. without drawing upon existing militia companies — … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: New York Regimental Posters

How did they sell the idea of going to war to fighting and possibly die? Here’s a look at some recruiting posters from the New York Historical Society. (You can click on the images to view them larger.) For the … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: “Remarkable Patriotism”

Today is the 77th anniversary of Operation Overlord, D-Day, the Invasion of Normandy during World War II. As I followed my annual habit of reading accounts or speeches connected to the event, similar themes between 1944 and 1861 appeared. Volunteerism … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The Erie Regiment

On April 21, 1861 John W. McLane of Erie issued a call for volunteers, for a term of service of three months. In 1859 he had formed the Wayne Guard, a company of volunteers that served as a mostly ceremonial … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: The 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry

Eight days after the rebel bombardment of Fort Sumter, Daniel White, a resident of Bangor, Maine, wrote a letter to his governor. “I have the honor to inform you that at a meeting of the Ex-Tiger & Armory Associates,” White … Continue reading

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