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Tragic Inspiration
The 1860s witnessed a great deal of new and unique firearm designs. While not formally adopted by the U.S. Military, the Model 1863 Lindsay rifle-musket is truly one-of-a-kind for the period. Patented on October 9, 1860, by John Parker Lindsay, the w
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Gettysburg Visionary
MAJOR GENERAL HENRY SLOCUM, who commanded the Union 12th Corps at Gettysburg, called “Colonel” John Bachelder “a gentleman who knows more about this battle and battlefield… than any man living or than any man who ever did live. He can tell more of wh
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The Showman
Like Fitz John Porter, Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe was born in New Hampshire. He assumed the title of “Professor” early in life, after a stint as assistant to a traveling magician who performed tricks with lighter-than-air gases. Lowe first at
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‘Such A Splendid Soldier’
Fitz John Porter’s arrival at the U.S. Military Academy in 1841 gave him a perfect opportunity to erase the black mark his alcoholic father had left on his family’s name, and he made the most of it. Only a quarter of the young men who reported to Wes
America's Civil War7 min de lectureAmerican Government
‘Another Round Top’
In July 1863, Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain became a household name for his leadership during the 20th Maine’s sweeping charge down Little Round Top, a critical turning point in the Army of the Potomac’s victory at Gettysburg. A little more tha
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Pomp And Circumstance
The six stereoviews on these pages, taken in November 1861, show the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry assembling at Camp Brigham in Readville, Mass., roughly two months after volunteer cavalry companies—nearly all drawn from state militia—began to
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Love In The Ruins
Colonel Robert Williams, the first commander of the 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry, usually didn’t get along with his men [see story, P.42]. At the time, it was customary for soldiers to elect their company and field officers, and Williams, a st
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America's Civil War4 min de lecturePolitics
Brave New World?
In his 2020 book, Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World (University of Virginia Press, $45), Adrian Brettle of Arizona State University takes a detailed look at the world that Confederate politicians and planners imagine
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Crimson in Gray
The oldest institution of higher learning in the United States is Harvard University, established in 1636. On September 17, 1862, two Harvard alumni, Confederate Captain George Vernon Moody (Harvard Law School) and Lieutenant William Elliott (Harvard
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Defining Grant’s Legacy
By Louis L. Picone Arcade, 2021, $25.99 Rising from obscurity to become commanding general of the U.S. Army and, with Abraham Lincoln, the Union’s savior, Ulysses S. Grant went on to serve two terms as the country’s 18th president. His fame was such
America's Civil War3 min de lecturePolitics
Stonewall Jackson, Beresford Hope, And The Meaning Of The Civil War In Britain
By Michael J. Turner LSU Press, 2020, $50 WHY WOULD A DISTINGUISHED British historian write a book linking Stonewall Jackson with Alexander James Beresford Hope? Michael J. Turner hints at the answer in the subtitle of his ingeniously integrated inve
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More On Map Dispute
I agree 100 percent with Tom Clemens’ comments in the May 2021 issue in regards to Simon Elliott’s newfound Antietam map (“Letters to the Editor,” P.6). There are no corroborating facts listed to show without a doubt that Elliott’s map is accurate. D
America's Civil War2 min de lectureUnited States
Vicksburg Besieged [Civil War Campaigns in the West]
Edited by Steven E. Woodworth and Charles D. Grear Southern Illinois University Press, 2020, $29.50 DURING THE VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN, Union Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee had a great deal of success after winning battles at Champion
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In July 1886, Union Army veteran Ira B. Dutton arrived at the Hawaiian island of Molokai unannounced and offered a lifetime of service to Father Damien, a Belgian priest later canonized for his devoted work at a leper colony on the windswept Kalaupap
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Sunk by Singular Means
Match the vessel with the cause of its demise: A. USS Congress B. CSS Rattlesnake C. USS Hatteras D. CSS Virginia E. USS Cairo F. CSS Atlanta G. USS Housatonic H. CSS Albemarle I. USS Monitor J. CSS Florida 1. Rammed and sunk by spar torpedo via Pick
America's Civil War2 min de lectureAmerican Government
The South’s Forgotten Fire-Eater: David Hubbard and North Alabama’s Long Road to Disunion
By Chris McIlwain NewSouth Books, 2020, $27.95 Fire-eaters were Southerners who advocated secession, some as early as the 1830s. The breeding ground of many was South Carolina—“too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum,” as one desp
America's Civil War3 min de lectureAmerican Government
Stanton’s Stepping Stone
Charles Pomeroy Stone graduated seventh in the West Point Class of 1845, one place ahead of Fitz John Porter. They shared many experiences and traits, and both would become victims of egregious injustice at the hands of the government they served. Wi
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Hell On The Water
On April 27, 1865, more than 2,000 Union soldiers headed up the Mississippi River, crammed onboard the steamboat Sultana. Most were recently released prisoners of war, elated to be going home with peace finally on the horizon. Earlier that month, the
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Ambushed at Aldie
The worst day of the war for the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry was June 17, 1863. Weeks after the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Army of Northern Virginia slipped behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, aiming to invade Pennsylvania. Determined to bypass J.E.B
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Affair Of Honor
George Vernon Moody, a 26-year-old native of Maine, graduated from the prestigious Harvard Law School in 1842. Degree in hand, he promptly headed to Port Gibson, Miss., to join his younger brother, a successful druggist in the Mississippi River town.
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The Final Contest
6541 Sayler’s Creek Rd., Rice, VA 23966 The State Park covers 379 acres of the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield. It houses the sites of all three engagements that made up the totality of the battle on April 6, 1865, and offers extensive walking and driving
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Delayed Honor
IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE that attrition among color-bearers was staggering during the war, so much that commanders often cited these individuals by name when listing killed and wounded in their after-action reports—a singular honor, particularly for
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Restored Glory
One of the noblest of U.S. memorials arrived back on the Boston Common on March 3, 2021, crated in steel, foam, and wood ready for final repairs and rededication in the fall. Erected in 1897, the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memo
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Abe Takes a Seat in Prestonburg
Abraham Lincoln has taken his seat in the Middle Creek Battlefield in Prestonburg, Ky.—a 19-foot-tall statue of him, that is. Modeled after the seated figure of the martyred president in Washington’s Lincoln Memorial, the statue formerly belonged to
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Louisiana Splendor
On May 15, 1862, John J. Slocum assembled a company in Washington Parish, La., as part of the 1st Louisiana Partisan Rangers. Private D.W. Read was among the volunteers that day. Anticipating that his unit would be named the 3rd Louisiana Cavalry, Re
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A Quick Military Education
James Wadsworth was well aware of his military shortcomings. He initially demurred at a general’s star if it were to come at the expense of a more qualified man. “[A]gainst a graduate of West Point or an officer of the Regular Army of fair reputation
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‘Splendid Strategy’
After the inconclusive victory at Stones River in January 1863, Union Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans’ Army of the Cumberland occupied and fortified Murfreesboro, Tenn., and waited. And waited. Meanwhile, Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tenne
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Preservation Success
In Williamsburg, Va.—a locale more famous for its connection to Colonial America and the Revolutionary War—a 29-acre swath that saw critical combat during the Civil War’s Battle of Williamsburg has been preserved by the American Battlefield Trust. Ac
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Photographs and Memories
By 1860, Gettysburg, Pa., boasted about 2,400 citizens. Ten roads led into the town, which created a few small but thriving industries such as carriage manufacturing, shoemaking, and tanning, as well as several educational institutions. Although the
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