Category Archives: Civil War

Brooks’ Battalion of Foreigners: A story of desperation, mutiny, and bravery

The letter begins: Sir, During the Summer, or Fall, of 1864 when the Confederate forces had been reduced almost to an army of cripples and there were no more old men or boys from whom to get recruits, and when … Continue reading

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SC Civil War 150th on Facebook

I am now a contributor to the SC Civil War 150th page on Facebook, as sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Click here or on the image in the right margin to check it out, and … Continue reading

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My Business Ethics professor sums it up

As an aside to discussing recent population shifts in America in general: “It’s fascinating that after all this country has gone through regarding minority acceptance … we still have emphatic debates about the Civil War and whether Lincoln wanted to … Continue reading

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My ancestor at Shiloh: A photo essay

On this day 149 years ago, my great-great-great-grandfather, 1st Lt. David Poindexter Reeves of Company C, 28th Tennessee Infantry (2nd Mountain Volunteers), CSA, died in valiant battle near Shiloh Church in Hardin County, Tennessee.  At age 43 and before the … Continue reading

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Opening Day and the Civil War: April Fools?

How many of you baseball fans knew that Abner Doubleday not only invented baseball but that he was also a key officer for the Union at Fort Sumter during the crisis of 1860-1861? If you said, “I did!” then you’ve … Continue reading

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