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Other People of the Civil War > Jubal Early (1 reply - 1654 views)

I think you are right. Early's brigade pretty much held up a whole Union division on the Confederate right flank singlehandedly (of course, he ...   Tue Sep 13th, 2011 02:03 pm

Other Civil War Talk > Buster Kilrain (2 replies - 2444 views)

I was at a Jeff Shaara book signing once and he said that his father wrote himself into "The Killer Angels" with the Kilrain character. Mark ...   Sun Sep 4th, 2011 04:24 pm

Joseph Johnston > Joseph Johnston-A Great Civil War General? (20 replies - 32079 views)

TD, all that is correct, but I'm just not sure who else could have taken over. I just can't see Ewell staying in command ...   Sat Aug 27th, 2011 03:03 pm

Joseph Johnston > Joseph Johnston-A Great Civil War General? (20 replies - 32079 views)

First off, yes, after Davis came to the belated conclusion that Bragg had to go after the Missionary Ridge disaster Lee recommended Johnson as a ...   Sat Aug 27th, 2011 12:44 pm

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

I think Lee did say something like that in regards to the ANV, however, my estimate was based on Hill's report that he had 3,300 ...   Tue Aug 23rd, 2011 01:24 am

N.B. Forrest > Nathan Bedford Forrest (81 replies - 43982 views)

Over Lee? Preposterous! Forrest was tactically and strategically sound when it came to cavalry, but I really doubt he understood the combined arms ...   Mon Aug 22nd, 2011 05:52 pm

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

sgtredleg... that must have been when they are just starting out... not enough stragglers yet! I remember reading somewhere that about 1/3 of the ...   Fri Aug 19th, 2011 07:00 pm

General Civil War Talk > 150th Wilson's Creek (9 replies - 2729 views)

Can't say I was at the reenactment... it has been many moons since I did any reenacting, but I'm glad it was a good event ...   Tue Aug 16th, 2011 05:43 pm

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

Yeah, I see what you mean... defining "independent command" is a bit spotty. Thanks for the clarification. Mark ...   Mon Aug 15th, 2011 12:27 pm

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

Old Blu, I got to disagree, not with your assessment of Jackson's performance during the battle, but with your suggestion that Old Jack never had ...   Sun Aug 14th, 2011 10:02 pm

General Civil War Talk > Cadet Rank in the Civil War (4 replies - 2137 views)

Hellcat, yes, I was looking at that section, but I don't think NCOs promoted to LT had to go to West Point. If you ...   Thu Aug 11th, 2011 02:39 pm

General Civil War Talk > Cadet Rank in the Civil War (4 replies - 2137 views)

During the early national period, the US Army adopted the European practice of allowing some cadets into the officer corps. The rank of cadet ...   Wed Aug 10th, 2011 09:54 pm

Civil War Books > Hood's Texas Brigade (5 replies - 4424 views)

The book, "Rebel Private Front and Rear" by William Fletcher (Co F, 5th TX) is probably the most accessible first hand account by a Texas ...   Mon Aug 8th, 2011 11:24 am

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

There are two battles that they do get the credit they deserve I think... they were widely acknowledged to have saved Jackson's hide at Cedar ...   Sun Jul 31st, 2011 03:05 pm

General Civil War Talk > Honoring Ancestors (11 replies - 3828 views)

Captain Crow wrote: I think in understanding their lives we begin to understand ourselves. Well put Captain Crow Mark ...   Sat Jul 30th, 2011 06:32 pm

Weapons of the Civil War > Weapons (46 replies - 25541 views)

According to the Berdan's Sharpshooters' regimental history the test established by founder Hiram Berdan and accepted by the war department was for no man to ...   Mon Jul 25th, 2011 02:28 pm

Weapons of the Civil War > Weapons (46 replies - 25541 views)

As likely as not it was a stray bullet. Was it a possible shot at over 500 yards? Yes, under ideal conditions, however, ...   Sun Jul 24th, 2011 11:47 am

Equipment & Authenticity Questions > Union Bedroll (3 replies - 3741 views)

you might also look into a shelter half. You can make a nice lean to out of it if you don't have a battle ...   Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 02:05 pm

Weapons of the Civil War > Spin stabilization in rifled artillery shells (2 replies - 2841 views)

I think you are pretty much correct Hellcat. According to the Timelife Echos of Glory series the James shells had a lead sabot: ...   Thu Jul 21st, 2011 12:13 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Hank, thanks for posting the context. All my books are still packed up from the move at the moment. Pender, after reading the ...   Sat Jul 16th, 2011 01:30 am

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

If I remember correctly troops from the Light Division actually captured BG Reynolds during that action. He got separated from his brigade and ended ...   Tue Jul 5th, 2011 01:29 am

General Civil War Talk > Civil War Baton Rouge (2 replies - 2868 views)

Thanks Pender, I'll have to look for it. The old statehouse is on my list of things to see! Mark ...   Mon Jul 4th, 2011 10:01 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

I have no idea what mana is... but thanks I guess! Mark ...   Sun Jul 3rd, 2011 06:04 pm

Other People of the Civil War > A.P. HILLS LIGHT DIVISION (72 replies - 27819 views)

No question that as a division they were one of the best in the Confederate Armies--perhaps only rivaled on the Rebel side by Hood's division ...   Sun Jul 3rd, 2011 06:02 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Pender, though I haven't the time to look up those stories you reference in the slave narratives, I would be very careful using them as ...   Sat Jul 2nd, 2011 02:15 am

General Civil War Talk > Civil War Baton Rouge (2 replies - 2868 views)

Folks, I'm moving to Baton Rouge, LA in the next couple weeks. Of course as soon as the house is unpacked I intend on ...   Fri Jul 1st, 2011 12:39 am

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Pender, I don't think anyone is arguing that the Confederate armies were virtually always outmanned and outgunned on the battlefield and generally preformed heroicly throughout ...   Mon Jun 27th, 2011 06:12 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Artillery at the Battle of Gettysburg (20 replies - 15096 views)

Ckule, I think Mr. Harold is right on this one. Artillery was a direct fire weapon. The Union "spotters" on LRT during the ...   Fri Jun 24th, 2011 11:31 am

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

TD-not if you believe that those millions of people have been hoodwinked and hijacked into secession by a aristocratic planter class (I'm not saying that ...   Sat Jun 18th, 2011 10:22 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Hi again Pender. Sorry for the late response. I've been rather busy at work lately. Thanks for the response. I am ...   Sat Jun 18th, 2011 01:08 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Your choice of that quote from Grant intrigues me Pender... as I understand it, one of the tenants of the Lost Cause is that ...   Thu Jun 16th, 2011 01:54 pm

General Civil War Talk > Cover-ups (12 replies - 4913 views)

Many of Ambrose Bierce's short stories revolve around friendly fire incidents. My favorite is one called "One Kind of Officer" in which an artillery LT ...   Mon Jun 13th, 2011 05:39 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Good point Pender. However, I would suggest that the movement to arm slaves was born of sheer desperation. In 1861 the Confederate government ...   Sat Jun 11th, 2011 01:41 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Pender, I appreciate you remaining so civil with me on this topic, as it tends to ruffle feathers! First off, you are quite right ...   Fri Jun 10th, 2011 03:44 pm

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

TD, do you know what the primary source is for that story about the captured solder? I've heard it told many times and I ...   Thu Jun 9th, 2011 11:31 am

General Civil War Talk > "Lost Cause" (103 replies - 26025 views)

Pender, may I offer a couple thoughts? 1) Oral tradition is probably less accurate than historical documents (letters, diaries, contemporary speeches, etc)-I should think that former ...   Thu Jun 9th, 2011 01:40 am

General Civil War Talk > Facts about slavery (29 replies - 8431 views)

That would seem to make sense... advocating secession during a time of war is likely more problematic. Mark ...   Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 01:04 am

General Civil War Talk > Facts about slavery (29 replies - 8431 views)

I always found it very interesting that supporting the Hartford Convention effectively killed the Federalist party by 1819 but the Democratic party survived and flourished ...   Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 12:27 am

Civil War Books > The Union War, by Gary W. Gallagher (5 replies - 3027 views)

I got this book for my birthday a few months ago and just started it. Professor Gallagher makes the vital point that the reasons ...   Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 01:47 pm

General Civil War Talk > Opinions: Who is He Representing? (14 replies - 3230 views)

Dang! I missed the shoulder boards. I think he portrays a passable Grant... better than some I have seen! But you are ...   Tue May 31st, 2011 01:41 pm


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