Rebels in the deeper south

IT SOUNDS like the far-fetched plot to a swashbuckling pirate movie, but the tale of the CSS Shenandoah’s visit to Melbourne in 1865 is not even ”based on a true story”, as they say in Hollywood. It happened.
The Confederate ship created a storm when it sailed into Melbourne for repairs in 1865 towards the end [...]

Mystery of US Civil War soldier

A SMALL unmarked plot in the Ipswich Cemetery – number A07030 – would barely catch the eye if you walked past.
But the grave marks the spot of one of Australia’s earliest war veterans, a man who served in the American Civil War for the Confederate army.
William Keen Bryant was known to have been born in [...]

Historic memorial ceremony

A dedication ceremony for the grave of Thomas Mason Francis, American Civil War Veteran, will be held at the Gilgandra Cemetery at 2pm, Saturday, October 2.
Enjoy an afternoon at Gilgandra, including some pioneering history, when descendants of Thomas Francis and their friends will be celebrating a memorial service.

The day 45 Australians rowed off to fight those Yankees

THE American Civil War sailed to Australia in 1865 when the notorious Confederate raider Shenandoah limped in for repairs, eluding Union ships that had been pursuing it much further north.
There was no colonial navy to challenge it, and the ship’s dubious visit to the colony would later cost the British dearly and hasten the push [...]

1863 Battle of Gettysburg Silver Coin

The Famous Battles five coin series from The Perth Mint of Australia has proven to be extremely popular among collectors, with the first two already sold out. Closing out this collection, the Mint has released the one-ounce 1863 Battle of Gettysburg Silver Proof coin.
In what has come to be known as the turning point of [...]