Category Archives: Soldiers

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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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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“Facts” regarding the lower strata of society

One of the reasons that I began studying the Civil War era was the sheer magnitude of human passion shown by both sides.  A wonderful example of this is a recently uncovered letter written to the official Confederate Historian of … Continue reading

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