Tag Archives: Shiloh

The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: Fireworks & Grand Illuminations

Reprinted from July 2, 2012: The day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival . . . It ought to … Continue reading

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July 1, 1884: Grant’s “New Disaster of Shiloh”

On July 1, 1884, editors of Century Magazine received a much-anticipated envelope from former president Ulysses S. Grant. Grant had agreed to write four articles for the magazine about his wartime experiences, which would kick off an upcoming series of … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part one)

Part one of a series. Introduction “By direction of the President of the United States, the commanding general this day transfers the command of this army to Maj. Gen Joseph Hooker…give to the brave and skillful general who has so … Continue reading

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Shiloh 2016

I had the chance to spend a few days at Shiloh this past week for the 154th anniversary of the battle. The Park Service held some living history programs, which I was helping out with. Here are a few scenes … Continue reading

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The Falling Out Between John McClernand and Ulysses S. Grant

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Chick Butler, Banks, Sigel, McClernand. These are just the most infamous of the “political generals” of the American Civil War. The four named here are usually considered military incompetents, their victories … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Attack at Daylight and Whip Them

The Emerging Civil War Series is finally breaking further into the Western Theater! Greg Mertz’s book, Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, allows the ECWS to head out West for the first time since Lee White’s … Continue reading

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Review: “My Greatest Quarrel with Fortune”: Major General Lew Wallace in the West, 1861-1862

Lew Wallace lived a life of many hats. From volunteer in the Mexican War, to lawyer, Civil War General, territorial governor where he tangled with Billy the Kid, best-selling novelist, and ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Wallace’s biography reads like … Continue reading

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A Soldier in the Forest

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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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Some Reflections on William Tecumseh Sherman

I must admit, it is exceptionally difficult to reflect on William Tecumseh Sherman. No question, he was one of the most enigmatic individuals of the American Civil War. The mere mention of his name in general company today, 150 years … Continue reading

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