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In his chamber, weak and dying, While the Robber Baron lay, Loud, without, his men were crying, “Shorter hours and better pay!”

We have all been told that California was dragged kicking and screaming into the United States as the fulfillment of a crazed sense of empire as the behest of the religious zealots of manifest destiny. The less than glorious truth – if no less venal truth – is that the railroads needed a western terminus […]

I had known General Pillow in Mexico, and judged that with any force, no matter how small, I could march up to within gunshot of any entrenchments he was given to hold… U. S. Grant

There are some diehard moonlight and magnolia Southerners who will point to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and J. E. B. Stuart and conclude that the Southern armies were all led by military geniuses of the highest moral rectitude – just as much popular history declares for the canonization of Lincoln and waits for […]

Merry Christmas from Dixie

To look at him he might inspire some with the notion of a nineteenth century cleric turned poet but would hardly exude confidence as a military chaplain. That was exactly what he was during the War for Southern Independence and after that tragic war he turned his talents to poetry and produced several small volumes […]

There is no instance of a nation benefitting from prolonged warfare… Sun Tzu

Shades of blue and gray : an introductory military history of the Civil War Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c 1997 Herman Hattaway United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns Hardcover. 1st. ed. and printing. xii, 281 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which God has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave… If this be treason, make the most of it! Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry is often portrayed as a firebrand and a radical and very little could be farther from the truth. He was a founding father given to flights of rhetoric but that may have come from his training as an attorney. He was also a successful planter who became a governor of Virginia and was […]

You may take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you his blessing and protection… Robert E. Lee

After four years of arduous service, marked by unsurpassed courage and fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the survivors of so many hard-fought battles who have remained steadfast to the last that I have consented to this result from no distrust […]

I hope to live long enough to see my surviving comrades march side by side with the Union veterans along Pennsylvania Avenue, and then I will die happy… James Longstreet

Hardtack and coffee : Soldier’s Life in the Civil War Old Saybrook, CT, Konecky & Konecky, John D. Billings ; illustrated by Charles W. Reed United States. Army. Military life Hardcover. Originally published by Boston, Hall & Whiting, 1881, as, The history of the Tenth Massachusetts Battery of Light Artillery in the War of the […]