Tag Archives: Robert Toombs

“I Intend to Make the Yankees Pay”: Surprise at Verdiersville

Part two. You may read Part 1 here. Robert E. Lee had already decided on a course of action by the time Maj. Gen. Jeb Stuart arrived at his headquarters around noon on August 17 outside Orange Court House. Facing … Continue reading

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The Night That Decided the Confederate President

In February 1861, delegates from the six seceded states—South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana met in Montgomery, Alabama to craft a new nation. In order to do so, a leader, a provisional president, would be elected as the … Continue reading

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Black Confederates

Today we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sam Smith The Civil War was a fiery prism at the center of American society. Every life entered the prism at its own angle and was refracted in its own way. … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Crater, by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

African-American soldiers contributed greatly to the cause of the Union during the Civil War. By 1865, nearly one out of five men in blue was of African descent, but because the United States Colored Troops (USCT) never won any famous battles, … Continue reading

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