While studying Civil War fortifications, I came across this interesting but chilling chart about the increasing lethality of weapons over time.… Read More Off the Charts: Increasing Lethality of Weapons Over Time
“Now that they had time to look [Grant] over and examine the results of some of the changes he introduced, the men had begun to see that, whatever else he might do, in or out of combat, he clearly meant business, and they found they liked the notion of this.”… Read More When Grant came east: ‘The boss had arrived.’
“Extortion runs so hie here we cannot support and clothe our family without the help of my husband i hope you will look to the justice of the peepils of this section of the state…”… Read More ‘Without my husband we are a desolate and ruined family’
“It was the first and only instance of Wheeler’s boys seeing a chicken which they could not get at.”… Read More One chicken that Wheeler’s cavalrymen couldn’t catch
Once a Federal band came down the river and played “Dixie.” We cheered them vociferously, of course. Then it played “Yankee Doodle,” and the enemy cheered. Then “Home, Sweet Home,” and the cheer went up loud and long from both sides of the river.… Read More ‘We became quite friendly with the enemy’s pickets’
“When will he come back?” The little children say, “When will papa come back? and what will he bring me?” The mother says, “He has gone into Pennsylvania with Gen. Lee, and he will bring back something for us.”… Read More When will Papa come back?
“I was ordered to the hospital in the rear of the left wing, … where myself and three other Surgeons, with near a hundred wounded were surrounded by Rebel Cavalry and taken to Murfreesboro as prisoners, We have been here ever since, working day and night with the wounded.”… Read More Captured Union Surgeon: “I have never been treated better by strangers anywhere.”
By the time of the 1865 meeting on the River Queen, something had changed, whether it was Lincoln or Sherman himself or the world-shaking events of the past four years. Sherman came away from the meeting with a wholly different impression of America’s war president.… Read More Gen. Sherman changes his opinion of Pres. Lincoln
Union Cavalry Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s use of “your obedient servant” to conclude this note to his Confederate counterpart would be amusing if it weren’t for the content of his communique.… Read More ‘Your obedient servant.’ Kilpatrick threatens to shoot Rebel prisoners, but observes the social niceties.
I was interested to read in one account that his nickname “Fighting Joe” actually might have come about because of a typographical error, rather than any reputation for aggressiveness on the field.… Read More Did ‘Fighting Joe Hooker’s’ nickname come from a printer’s typo?