Tag Archive | American Civil War

Confederate Lieutenant General Nathan Bedford Forrest had 30 horses shot from under him and personally killed 31 men in hand-to-hand combat. “I was a horse ahead at the end,” he said.

The American Civil War was, unfortunately for the South, fought as a relatively conventional war between two sovereign nations. The result was exactly what you would expect in that the nation with the larger manufacturing base won. No amount of superiority in the quality of command can overcome the ability to deploy and supply larger […]

I think I understand what military fame is; to be killed on the field of battle and have your name misspelled in the newspapers… William Tecumseh Sherman

The War Between the States was the first war that was contested ever bit as much in the press as on the battlefield and the newspapers that heaped vitriol on their opposition gave no more quarter than the battlefield commanders who poured hot lead on the battalions advancing against them. While Coopersmith’s book is more […]

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living… Marcus Tullius Cicero

This is not the best single volume history of the Civil War. It lacks objectivity and depth in its original form and its revision was singularly uninspired. All of those complaints having been noted it is not a bad introduction to the uninitiated and may be sufficient for the casual student allowing them the sight […]

All my men behaved like heroes; not a man flinched from his post… R. W. Dowling, 1st. Lt., Cook’s Artillery.

Before you read Samito’s book and get the wrong impression that the Irish were part of the tradition of fair weather citizens who would sell their souls for a green card – or its 1860’s equivalent – you need to know that there were as many Confederate units laying claim to being Irish Brigades as […]

The first and most imperative necessity in war is money, for money means everything else – men, guns, ammunition.

The most common explanation of the South’s near victory in the Civil War – and of the prolonged nature of the war with the north unable to achieve quick victory despite every material advantage – was the lack of ability of the northern command and commanders. All the way from a commander-in-chief who had no […]

Nothing was spared by the shells. The churches fared especially severely, and the reverend clergy had narrow escapes. The libraries of the Rev. Dr. Lord, of the Episcopalian, and of Rev. Dr. Rutherford, of the Presbyterian church, were both invaded and badly worsted. One Baptist church had been rendered useless for purposes of worship by the previous shelling. But what mattered churches, or ally – sacred place, or sacred exercise at such a time? There was nothing more striking about the interior of the siege than the breaking down of the ordinary partition between the days of the week, as well as the walls which make safe and sacred domestic life. During those long weeks there was no sound or summon of bell to prayer. There was no song of praise. The mortars had no almanac, and the mortars kept at home a perpetual service of fast and humiliation.

The defense of Vicksburg : a Louisiana chronicle  Allan C. Richard, Jr. & Mary Margaret Higginbotham Richard ; foreword by Terrence J. Winschel  College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 2004  Hardcover. 1st ed.  xxvi, 325 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with […]

What happened in America in the 1860s was a war of secession, a war of independence, no different in principle from what happened in America in the 1770s and 1780s.

Winning and losing in the Civil War : essays and stories  Albert Castel  Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c 1996  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 204 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG Winning and […]