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My command, less than ten thousand, had found the battle on the Plank road in retreat, little less than a panic. In a few hours we changed defeat to victory, the broken divisions of the Third Corps rallying in their rear… James Longstreet

That quotation, from a leading Confederate general, is exemplifies exactly the opposite spirit that guided McClellan and his heirs in the Army of the Potomac. To be sure they were hamstrung by their proximity to Washington with a president who had served as a volunteer “captain” sporadically from April 7 until July 10, 1832 but […]

GATHER the sacred dust of the warriors tried and true, Who bore the flag of our People’s trust And fell in a cause, though lost still just And died for me and you. Father Abram Joseph Ryan

Confederate Mobile    Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c 1991  0878055126 Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. Mobile (Ala.) History Civil War, 1861-1865 Hardcover. xii, 271 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-259) and index. Tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.   G/G   The defense and […]

“These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people’s money to settle the quarrel.” Abraham Lincoln speech to Illinois legislature, Jan. 1837

Who would ever think of quoting Lincoln to explain the war that he lit the fuse for but even villains are given their moments to speak the truth. Economics not only started the war but they guaranteed – in the absence of a quick and decisive Confederate victory – the ultimate triumph of the north. […]

A historian is a man who watches the battle from the safety of the hills and then comes down to bayonet the wounded. Charles Lyell, 1797 – 1875

Very few ancient wars occurred without at least one siege. Very few sieges occurred without the captured town being put to the sword. The tradition of “bayoneting the wounded” has been around as long as there has been warfare. It was even practiced by those yankee patriots who sought independence from the British crown as […]

The knell, the shroud, the mattock, and the grave, The deep damp vault, the darkness and the worm – A history of Civil War Boston

Civil War Boston : home front and battlefield    Boston : Northeastern University Press, c 1997    Thomas H. O’Connor Boston (Mass.) History Civil War, 1861-1865 Social aspects Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 313 p. : ill., 1 map ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-296) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean […]

I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell… William Tecumseh Sherman

Citizen Sherman : a life of William Tecumseh Sherman    New York : Random House, 1995 Michael Fellman United States. Army Biography,  Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 Hardcover. xiv, 486 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.  Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining  or  marginalia […]

The combat deepens. On, ye brave, Who rush to glory or the grave! Wave, Carolina! all thy banners wave, And charge with all thy chivalry!

Civil War Confederate Soldier. This native of Charleston, South Carolina explored many vocations and careers throughout his life including the time as personal secretary to John Breckinridge Grayson during that future Confederate General’s tenure in New Mexico as a commissary officer. Whilden seemed to constantly be short of success from these ventures but always persevered. […]