George Washington: Model of the Confederacy

a day ago

Soon after the formation of the Confederate States of America, the new government chose a national seal and motto: Deo Vindice: “God Will Vindicate” The seal features George Washington on horseback, pictured in his uniform of the Revolution securing American independence. Washington is surrounded with a wreath, made of some of the main agricultural products […]

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“That battery ought to be taken, General.”

a couple of days ago

Led by John Bell Hood, the famed Texas Brigade achieved its first great feat of combat arms at Gaines’ Mill. The Rebel assaults at Gaines Mill were constantly beaten back.  At 4 PM, General Whiting said to General Hood, “That battery ought to be taken, General.” Hood, commanding the Texas Brigade, replied, “Then why has […]

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“I am a soldier and a good one.”

a few days ago

More Americans died in The Civil War than any other conflict. In fact, it took half of all Americans lost in all our wars.  Most of it was fought on Confederate territory.   It was a brutal conflict, yet many a man fought from beginning to end. Soldiers had little tolerance for the opinions of […]

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“A Volley of Buck and Ball Came Hurling”

a few days ago

Private Sam Watkins of Company H, 1st Tennessee Regiment chronicled his experiences in his writings “Co. Aytch.” It is considered to be one of the greatest memoirs ever written by a soldier of the field. He captures the experience of the common private soldier, from the hardships of camp life and battlefields, the camaraderie of […]

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Brother Against Brother: A Tale of Two Scots

last week

The Confederate Army had a number of soldiers who were Scottish or had Scottish ancestry.  Some of the Scottish units formed included the “Scotch Guards” from Alabama, the “Scotch Tigers” of North Carolina and the “Montgomery Highlanders” of Virginia. We will cover more about the Scots and their contribution to the Confederate cause in a […]

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One Real Tough Cookie

last week

The Southern Confederate soldier was a tough character, and one of the finest warriors to ever take the field of battle in any army, in any war. The cause for which he fought and died has been harshly judged. But from the Confederate point of view, the harsh conditions and suffering were as noble as […]

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The Most Dangerous Man in Arkansas

a couple of weeks ago

Why would an innocent and  good looking, blond haired, blue eyed, 21 year old Confederate man, weighing barely 100 pounds, be called “the most dangerous man in Arkansas?”   The exploits of Howell A. “Doc” Rayburn are a legacy of fact and legend. Doc was a Civil War guerrilla chieftain who operated in the area […]

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“The Kentucky Giant”

a couple of weeks ago

Martin Van Buren Bates was a normal baby born to normal parents in Letcher County, Kentucky, in 1837. But he was not destined to be “normal” for long. At the age seven he started a tremendous growth spurt. By the time he was thirteen, he had grown to a height of over 6 feet, and […]

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They Called Him “The Gray Ghost”

a couple of weeks ago

No other Confederate officer had the mystique of John Singleton Mosby, a talented and heroic cavalry officer. He was an unlikely hero. As a sickly child Mosby was often bullied, but he learned to fight back at an early age. When the Civil War began, Mosby opposed secession, but decided to leave his law practice […]

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Loyal Dog Saves A Wounded Rebel

a couple of weeks ago

Animals of all kinds were part of the Civil War and very valuable in their working roles and on the battlefield. Horses, mules, donkeys, and even camels accompanied the troops during campaigns. In modern warfare, dogs are often seen on duty, helping their human comrades in and around the battlefield. It was not uncommon for […]

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