Tag Archives: American Civil War

U.S.Grant and the U.S. Mail

Mail call has always been one of the key ingredients of soldier morale and  frequently the high point of his day. A Literate War The Civil War is considered by most historians as the “first modern war” for a variety … Continue reading

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Lincoln. Mary. Robert. War.

Of all the decisions Abraham Lincoln was obliged to make during his administration, few were as personally difficult as his son’s participation in the Army. Robert’s Story Robert Todd Lincoln had just entered Harvard when his father was inaugurated in … Continue reading

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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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