Tag Archives: American Civil War

Montgomery Meigs: Civil War Quartermaster

The United States Army in April, 1861 On the eve of the Civil War, the regular United States Army consisted of 16,000 soldiers, most of which were deployed out west. Other than maintaining the always-touchy peace with the native tribes, … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant: The Shiloh Tree HQ

Army Generals in the Civil War usually commandeered the best houses in the area for their Headquarters. Pittsburg Landing, TN Pittsburg Landing, TN was a small village on the Tennessee River. Control of that river, which flowed into the Mississippi, … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s General’s Wives: A Book Review

The American Civil War created powerful generals with powerful and sometimes peculiar personalities. In a remarkably intelligent and readable quadography, author Candice Shy Hooper has brought to life four interesting(ish) women who were thrust into a spotlight(ish) because of the … Continue reading

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Dr. Jonathan Letterman and Civil War Medicine

Evacuating the wounded from the battlefield could take days at the start of the American Civil War. The Letterman System Dr. Jonathan Letterman (1824-72) was an army surgeon who came from a distinguished medical family. During the 1850s, he was … Continue reading

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General Grant Saves General Lee

On April 9, 1865, Ulysses S. Grant became the most popular man in America. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House Civil War Victory: The Euphoria The news was instantaneously carried by telegraph wire across the country – North … Continue reading

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Winnie Davis: The Daughter of the Confederacy

Varina Anne Davis was a tragic story from the start. Winnie Davis’ First Years “Little Pie Cake” as she was called for the first year of her life, entered the world in June, 1864, the second daughter and sixth child … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Life and Limb

Abraham Lincoln had an innate instinct for Public Relations – but with him, it usually meant “Political Realities.” The Fall of Fort Sumter Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) had only been President for six weeks when Fort Sumter was attacked in Charleston … Continue reading

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