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Confederate Flags Honored on Current State Flags

October 30, 2018

When the Arkansas flag was adopted in 1913 it had three stars in the center, representing the countries to which it belonged before statehood. In 1923, a fourth star was added to symbolize that Arkansas had been part of the Confederate States of America.   From 1868 to 1900, Florida’s flag was the state seal […]

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Sherman’s Brutal Order

October 29, 2018

Union General Garrard’s cavalry had occupied Roswell, Georgia. The tiny town had two cotton mills that manufactured sheets, canvas and rope. But they also made grey-colored cloth used for Confederate uniforms. The men off to war, women and young girls were doing the mill work. A Frenchman had temporary ownership of one of the mills. […]

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“Hot Breathed, Shrieking Demons”

October 17, 2018

“When you charge, yell like furies!” That’s the order Stonewall Jackson gave his men at the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run to the Yankees out there). Many a Federal learned to dread that sound. Shouting during a charge was as old as war, but the Southern Boys in Gray created their own distinctive sounds. […]

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The Devil Came Down to Georgia

October 9, 2018

Sherman was confident of a quick and easy victory. He had forced General Hood back, at the Battle of Kolb’s Farm north of Atlanta. The Union General was only a couple of dozen miles from Atlanta, sure that the Rebels were now stretched too thin to resist him. At eight in the morning 27 June […]

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Secession: “The die was cast”

October 5, 2018

If you are a regular reader you know I like history as seen through the eyes of the men who lived it. David Johnston was 15 when Virginia’s debate on secession began. But he was 16 and a Confederate soldier when the first shots were fired on Virginia soil. You can see him in the […]

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Major Harman: Stonewall’s Quartermaster

October 3, 2018

Major John Harman (above) was described as a “man of strong convictions and uncompromising in his beliefs, caring little for the opinion of others.” A good summary, but I would add he was short-tempered and his language turned the air blue. Harman had been many things before the Civil War: butcher, farmer, and stage line […]

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“Shoot! They are Yankees!”

October 1, 2018

It happened just south of Nashville, right in the middle of Tennessee. The Rebels called it the Second Battle of Murfreesboro. The Federals called it the Battle of Stones River. (The Union Army frequently named battles after rivers and creeks that played a role in the fighting. Confederates generally used the names of nearby towns […]

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“We felt it was murder, not war…”

September 26, 2018

Late Spring 1864: Grant wanted to take the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.  He had been trying to slip around the Rebels, but the wily Lee kept blocking him. Now Grant made a wide swing to flank the Rebels and seize Cold Harbor. Not a real town, Cold Harbor was just an intersection of roads, […]

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Mercy at Gettysburg

September 25, 2018

Lieutenant Alexander Douglas could it no longer. The cries stirred him to action. Douglas had been born on Christmas Day of 1833 in South Carolina, a land that was first settled by the English in 1670.  Early Americans battled Redcoats there in the Revolutionary War, and later, in 1865, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burned […]

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Clash at Sharpsburg

September 24, 2018

Union General McClellan had just come into some key intelligence. Now he thought he had Robert E. Lee right where he wanted him, in enemy territory with his forces divided: “Here is a piece of paper with which if I cannot whip Bobbie Lee, I will be willing to go home.” What was that piece […]

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