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The Tragedies of General James Longstreet

James G. Longstreet’s reputation has been a controversial yo-yo for more than 150 years. Pete. James G. Longstreet (1821-1904) was nicknamed Pete in infancy, and it stuck throughout his long life. Born in SC to a large family of Dutch … Continue reading

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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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Julia Grant’s Eyes: A Love Story

  Julia Dent Grant was born with an eye condition medically called strabismus. People called it “cross-eyed.” JDG: A Plain Child Strabismus is a common anomaly, and today, it is quickly and successfully corrected in very early childhood. But in … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee at the Crossroads

  April 9, 1865 was only the beginning of a difficult time in the life of Robert E. Lee. The Surrender It was a horrible day for General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870). He has been famously quoted as preferring to … Continue reading

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William Tecumseh Sherman: Grant’s Perfect Lieutenant

William Tecumseh Sherman, frequently considered the first “modern” general, was above all, the indispensable lieutenant to Ulysses S. Grant. Sherman Meets Lincoln William T. Sherman (1820-1891), Ohio born and bred, was orphaned as a child and foster-raised by the politically … Continue reading

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Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Davis: A Healing Friendship

Two Civil war icons, one North, one South, finally met in old age, and became friends. Varina Davis: The Confederate Queen Varina Davis (1826-1905) first appeared on a national stage when she was eighteen and recently married to Congressional widower … Continue reading

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