Gab About Generals

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

Gab About Generals, Portraits of Privates

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

Women in the War

The Bravery of Fanny Ricketts

The role women played can’t be ignored. Whether it was in the home or on the battlefields themselves, the ladies of the Union and the Confederacy made a difference in the lives of the soldiers who fought for it. Manassas was no exception. Fanny Ricketts James Ricketts, the famed artillery commander who fired upon Henry… Continue reading The Bravery of Fanny Ricketts

Civil War Trivia, Traveling Tidbits

Hidden 7th Georgia Marker – Manassas

One of the treats of battlefield exploration is discovering something new – or at least feeling like you’re discovering something new. The summer of 2018 was my genesis into Civil War research. I was writing a novel about a Confederate soldier in the 7th Georgia Infantry. Though the book starts off the evening before the… Continue reading Hidden 7th Georgia Marker – Manassas

Historical Homes, Women in the War

History of Judith Henry and Her House

There are two impressive monuments upon the Manassas Battlefield – in my humble opinion. Now, there are quite a few of them. Memorials and plaques abound across the national park. But I’m talking about two that stand out to me, as an amateur historian and battlefield trekker. The first is the monument to Thomas “Stonewall”… Continue reading History of Judith Henry and Her House

Battles in the East

Mayhem At Manassas

Civilians and soldiers on both sides of the war thought the conflict would be swift and decisive. The southerners, fueled by their convictions and need for independence, was equally matched by the northerner’s enthusiasm to preserve the Union and future of their nation. Yankees believed they could whip the uncultured farm boys, while the Rebs… Continue reading Mayhem At Manassas