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William Barksdale – Mississippi Fire-Eater

William Barksdale, in many ways, epitomized the image of the southern general during and after the Civil War. He was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 21, 1821, the eldest son of William Barksdale and Nancy Hervey Lester Barksdale. He studied law at the University of Nashville, but for the remainder of his adult life,… Continue reading William Barksdale – Mississippi Fire-Eater

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Edward Porter Alexander – Artillery at Fredericksburg

Reading about the Civil War can be a bittersweet experience. It’s fascinating and engaging, but can be heavy at times. I mean, reading about the monumental losses, the tragedy, the death tolls, the hardships, it can get pretty depressing pretty quickly. One thing that I enjoy about Shelby Foote’s Civil War Narrative series is that… Continue reading Edward Porter Alexander – Artillery at Fredericksburg

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The Cavalryman and His Hat

In researching any part of history, one tends to learn about important figures from a distance. Take the Civil War for example. You can read about Lee and Jackson, McClellan and Pope, Lincoln and Davis, all day long. You’ll read about what they did, how they did it, and maybe a few quotes scattered here… Continue reading The Cavalryman and His Hat

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Irvin McDowell – A Reluctant General

At the time of the Civil War, Irvin McDowell’s family was loaded with military and political connections. His cousin-in-law was the famed John Buford who played a role in the battle at Gettysburg, and his younger brother, John Adair McDowell, also joined the army but did not achieve the same level of renown as the… Continue reading Irvin McDowell – A Reluctant General

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A Bird’s Eye View of Bull Run

A book recently came into my possession that was suggested on a Civil War podcast station. They said that “Fighting for the Confederacy” by Edward Porter Alexander was a great companion text for any Civil War enthusiast who wanted to get an officer’s view of battles in Virginia. I expected it to be something similar… Continue reading A Bird’s Eye View of Bull Run

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Alfred Colquitt – Lawyer, Politician, Soldier

When one looks at the roster of Civil War generals and soldiers alike, there’s a fair amount of war veterans or West Point graduates. However, what I find the most interesting are the soldiers who work up through the ranks with little or absolutely no battle experience prior to the start of the war between… Continue reading Alfred Colquitt – Lawyer, Politician, Soldier

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Lay of the Land – Battlefield Terrain

The Civil War was fought in over 1,000 locations across the country. The big ones that almost everyone knows are Gettysburg, Antietam, Shiloh, Vicksburg, etc. But the war was also fought in smaller places like Olustee in Florida, or Glorieta Pass way out in New Mexico. No matter where the armies moved or where the… Continue reading Lay of the Land – Battlefield Terrain

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Albert Sidney Johnston: A Veteran Legend

While there are plenty of high-ranking veteran generals who served in the Civil War, only one came out as permanently immortalized on a battlefield for a death, rather than a smashing victory. Last week, I shared with you about the battle of Shiloh in April of 1862, but didn’t go into detail about its Confederate… Continue reading Albert Sidney Johnston: A Veteran Legend