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War is an area of uncertainty; three quarters of the things on which all action in War is based are lying in a fog of uncertainty to a greater or lesser extent. The first thing required is a fine, piercing mind, to feel out the truth with the measure of its judgment… Carl von Clausewitz

Until the beginning of this century when real-time battle intelligence has been available to every level of command the outcome of battles was always determined by incomplete intelligence, often by wrong intelligence and occasionally by sheer stupidity. One of the classics of this last case was one of the union generals defeated by Ewell because […]

The People of Virginia declare and make known that the powers granted under the Constitution being derived from the People of the United States may be resumed by them whensoever the same shall be perverted to their injury or oppression

Dominion of memories: Jefferson, Madison, and the decline of Virginia New York: Basic Books, c 2007 Susan Dunn Virginia Politics and government 1775-1865 Book. ix, 310 p.; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG For decades, the Commonwealth of Virginia led the […]

Our cause is no less the cause of truth, of honor, and of God now than it was in the day we first took up arms against the barbarous hordes of fanatics and of Puritan and German infidels who have for three years sought to despoil us of our political rights, rob us of our property, destroy our social life, and overturn and crush our altars. The hate of these men has not been abated by the plunder and desolation and bloodshed upon which it has fed, but rather been deepened and intensified. From them, should they succeed, we are to expect nothing but universal confiscation of our property, abject social and personal degredation or death… Leonidas Polk, Lieutenant-General, Commanding, General Orders No.1, Headquarters, Meridian, Mississippi, December 23, 1863

Great Civil War heroes and their battles New York: Abbeville Press, c 1985      edited and with an introduction by Walton Rawls United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns Hardcover. 303 p.: ill. (some col.); 23 x 29 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]

It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men… Samuel Adams

The completion of cycles in political life is probably what gives rise to the notion of irony in history. The Boston Tea Party – which included not only the destruction of tea in Boston but also the refusal to pay duty in New York and Philadelphia and the burning of a ship to the waterline […]

Bellum omnium contra omnes

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.  So reads the […]

I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came… Jefferson Davis

The first thing you need to know about this book is that it won the Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, Abraham Lincoln Institute and Abraham Lincoln Association which is named for two of Lincoln’s officious factotums and given by an organization that is the Actor Causae for the secular beatification and canonization of Lincoln. Thus it is […]

The American soldier demonstrated that, properly equipped, trained and led, he has no superior among all the armies of the world… Lucian Truscott

The North American military experience from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries had a unique character due to the fact that from the Spanish Missions in the South and West to the villages from the Virginia Capes to the St. Lawrence the new continent was made up almost wholly of small frontier settlements as the […]