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Sherman’s March, February 28, 1865: "I received this morning twenty of my prisoners in exchange"

High water continued to delay Major-General William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina on February 28, 1865.  But through the efforts of the troops, bridging and corduroying, and the abating flood waters, the Federals made some progress. 1,130 more words

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Mechanicsville Mayhem 1862

The battles of the Seven Days, the Peninsular campaign of 1862,  have long  held a fascination for myself since I first looked at the Airfix guide to American Civil Wargaming. 851 more words


"I shall have executed at once two of yours...": Hampton escalates the prisoner issue

Major-General William T. Sherman sent a message across the lines on February 24, 1865, addressed to Lieutenant-General Wade Hampton, complaining about the execution of Federal foragers and relating a threat to retaliate in kind.  1,058 more words

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The Second Battle of Bull Run

Who: Robert E Lee (Confederacy) vs John Pope (Union)

What: Confederate victory

Where: Prince William County, Virginia – the same ground as The First Battle of Bull Run… 332 more words

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"Such is the case wherever they go.": The lawless situation in the wake of Sherman's march

Colonel George G. Dibrell commanded a brigade of cavalry in Brigadier-General William Humes’ Division, Major-General Joseph Wheeler’s Cavalry.  Humes’ command had faced some of the initial Federal movements in the South Carolina march.  1,130 more words

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Something About Buffalo Bill

Buffalo Bill Cody remains a legendary figure in the American past.  His legacy is a reflection of changing mores and a projection of contemporary celebrity.  There are towns with his name and even the NFL team, “The Buffalo Bills” of New York State. 972 more words

Cultural Highlights

Weekly Story: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Weekly Story

Julia Ward Howe relates how she came to write the Civil War hymn.

It must have been’ at the earliest touch of dawn that I awoke, and lying in my bed, began in my mind to twine the long lines of a hymn which promised to suit the measure of the John Brown melody. 1,541 more words

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