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With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your Country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you an affectionate farewell… R. E. Lee, General, General Order No. 9

Portraits of the Civil War  William C. Davis  London : Salamander, c 1999  Hardcover. 128 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG The War for Southern Independence is the first war for which we have an extensive photographic […]

We fought no better, perhaps, than they. We exhibited, perhaps, no higher individual qualities… Joshua Chamberlain

Joshua Chamberlain was a good man, a good soldier and a good officer and may have been typical of the best that the north had to offer. These factors are what make his life the ultimate tragedy. Forsaking the virtue of the founders for the expediency of an immediate argument he helped destroy the Republic […]

People take the longest possible paths, digress to numerous dead ends, and make all kinds of mistakes. Then historians come along and write summaries of this messy, nonlinear process and make it appear like a simple, straight line.

There is, and can be, no single volume history to adequately cover an event like the Southern War for Independence. Discovering its history is like pealing a gigantic onion one layer at a time and even then there are more than a few dubious conclusions lying in ambush for the most objective historians. Kuntsler seems […]

Other nations have tried to check … the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions… John Louis O’Sullivan

Mapping the West : America’s westward movement 1524-1890  Paul E. Cohen ; introduction by David Rumsey  New York : Rizzoli, 2002  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 208 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 28 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 205) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining […]

Who today is willing to say that Texas and California and the remainder of the Southwest would be better off if they were governed by Mexico? Stephen Ambrose

I am a Texan first, foremost and always and live with the conviction that most Texas brags are understatements. Texas was founded by men with a vision of a Southwestern empire that would have been comfortable stretching to the westward to the Pacific and going as far south as the country would support cattle and […]

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

William Henry Fitzhugh Lee objected to the phrase that the Confederates fought for what they thought was right. They fought for what they knew was right. They, like the Greeks, fought for home, the graves of their sires, and their native land…

The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864  edited by Gary W. Gallagher  Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 2006  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xxi, 392 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [371]-375) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or […]