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“Turn back, turn back! We’re whipped.”

last month

It was July 31st, 1861. Federal troops were just north of Manassas, Virginia. There were many who thought they would send the Rebels reeling, putting an end to the rebellion. The day was Sunday, and a throng of civilian sightseers had come down from the U.S. capitol, just 25 miles away. Lieutenant Tibdall commanded a […]

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“All were American Soldiers…”

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“All were American soldiers…” We often hear today what the Civil War was all about. Professors and reporters and “very important” folks tell us. And with what conviction they tell us! But I rarely hear from the scholars about why the man in uniform was fighting. Seems the soldier is simply forgotten. I usually write […]

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His Court Martial Almost Ended It

a couple of months ago

We know how George Armstrong Custer met his end. But did you know he fought in the Civil war from the first major battle all the way to Appomattox? We have copies of his correspondence with several friends that were then fighting for the South. That’s Custer on the right above. And by the way, […]

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“All were American soldiers…”

a couple of months ago

We often hear why the Civil War was fought. Professors and reporters and “very important” folks tell us. And with great conviction they tell us! But you rarely hear from these scholars about why the man in uniform was fighting. Seems the soldier is simply forgotten. I usually write about a person. Sometimes about an […]

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He “warn’t afraid of nuthin’ or nobody.”

a few months ago

Many know Confederate cavalrymen like J.E.B. Stuart, or the fierce Nathan Bedford Forrest. But Robert E. Lee believed that Confederate General Wheeler (who later served as a Major General in the U.S. Army) was one of his two best Cavalry officers. Wheeler graduated from West Point (ironically, his lowest marks were in Cavalry Tactics). His […]

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General Eisenhower on Robert E. Lee

a few months ago

General Dwight Eisenhower retired with five stars on his shoulders. He was the Supreme Allied Commander of World War II. Later, he became the President of the United States. In 1960, Leon Scott wrote Eisenhower a letter. It began: Dear Mr. President:  At the Republication Convention I heard you mention that you have the pictures […]

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“Halt! Halt! Halt! and bang! went his gun”

a few months ago

That photo is of David Eammons Johnston, only 17 when he joined up with Company D of the Virginia Seventh Regiment. After the war, Johnston wrote a book. He explains: “The chief motive which inspires this undertaking is to give some meager idea of the Confederate soldier in the ranks, and of his individual deeds […]

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“Hurrah for the brave rebel boy!”

a few months ago

December, 1863, near Dalton, Georgia. The Rebels are on top of Rocky Face Ridge, taking fire from cannons below. “Hold on, boys,” says a sharpshooter, “I’ll stop that racket.” His rifle cracks. Sure enough, things get quiet. But not for long. Soon, “the valley below is full of blue coats.” Private Sam Watkins’ Company H […]

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Rebels Around the World

a few months ago

Have you ever wondered whether folks outside the United States ask us for Confederate flags? In fact, we do get a lot of requests for them. Canada is probably the top destination outside the States, but you might be surprised how many we ship to Scandinavia, Switzerland, Japan and Australia. Some of our customers send […]

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“A minnie ball passes through my Bible.”

a few months ago

Time for another tale of Private Sam Watkins. General Bragg ordered Sam’s First Tennessee Regiment to rearguard duty.  It was not much fun: “You don’t move more than ten feet at furthest before you have to halt…. You haven’t time to sit down a moment before you are ordered to move on again.  And the […]

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