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Fanning The Flames
John Taylor Wood had been a reluctant secessionist. Scion of a distinguished military family, with a bloodline that included the likes of James Madison, Richard Henry Lee, and Zachary Taylor, Wood remained uncommitted as war clouds loomed over the na
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‘It Looked Like a Rock Pile’
When John Noonan of Hampton Bays, N.Y., bought a boat from a retiring, 70-year-old fisherman on Long Island two decades ago, the 31-foot-long vessel, which he named Storm Petrel, came with a bonus—the little notebook the man used to record the Loran-
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More Than a Potter’s Field
Hart Island is a small uninhabited island in the western end of the Long Island Sound, just a few miles from Manhattan. But don’t let its size fool you. Although the island is only about 131 acres, it has a long and storied history. One of the earlie
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America’s Civil War
HISTORYNET Michael A. Reinstein Chairman & Publisher David Steinhafel Publisher Alex Neill Editor in Chief Chris K. Howland Editor Jerry Morelock Senior Editor Sarah Richardson Senior Editor Nancy Tappan Senior Editor Dana B. Shoaf Consulting Editor
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Vortex of War
Trailside is produced in partnership with Civil War Trails Inc., which connects visitors to lesser-known sites and allows them to follow in the footsteps of the great campaigns. Civil War Trails has to date 1,552 sites across five states and produces
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Eager Newcomer
I am not a history buff. That being said, I love to read, and I love to learn. Picking up your magazine was exactly the unexpected treat I didn’t know I was looking for. The articles were well-written, and they were filled with interesting informatio
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High Stakes
There’s no understating the Battle of Antietam’s significance, coming as it did during such a crucial period of the war in September 1862, when international support of the Confederacy remained strong. It is also clear that the men on both sides unde
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From Our Facebook Page
Despite ongoing controversy concerning the Confederacy and its leaders, certain Southern generals seemed to have maintained their iconic status among our readers. The what-ifs and leadership qualities of Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson, for instance, were
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Plenty of Fight Left
By Timothy B. Smith University Press of Kansas, 2020, $34.95 Thanks to Timothy B. Smith, the past decade has been a good one for anyone with an interest in the great campaigns conducted by Ulysses S. Grant that restored Union control of western Tenne
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Fishing Buddies
ON A SUMMER DAY IN 1863, near Fort DeRussy, in the northwest sector of the District of Columbia, Lieutenant Fred Mather of Battery L, 7th New York Heavy Artillery met with an old school chum, Captain George Seward Dawson of Battery F, 2nd New York He
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Collect the Set!
Acquiring card sets of notable people, such as sports figures and movie stars, may seem very 21st-century, but the E&H.T. Anthony Company produced a set of U.S. Army commanders, two of which are pictured here. The Anthony Company, located at 591 Broa
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Better With Age
BETWEEN 1884 AND 1887, Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Clough Buel of Century Magazine published the “Century War Series,” articles by former Union and Confederate officers and some common soldiers about battles and campaigns of the war. It pro
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Black in Navy Blue
AT A TIME WHEN the entertainment media is rife with comics and movies about superheroes, the true meaning of the word “hero” has become somewhat obscured, and has perhaps lost some of its cachet. On board USS Hartford, however, during the August 1864
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True Grit
In 1907, a monument honoring Union Maj. Gen. George Sears Greene was dedicated on Culp’s Hill at the Gettysburg National Military Park. It was on that ground that Greene and his New York brigade had secured the northern end of the Army of the Potomac
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Landscape of Graves
After the Army of Northern Virginia retreated across the Potomac River on September 18-19, 1862, Union burial parties began interring the Federal dead on the Antietam battlefield before tending to the Confederate dead. Long trenches were the preferre
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Cloaked Vengeance
On a raw mid-February day in 1864, two brigades of Confederate soldiers stood at attention around a makeshift gallows. They had been formed up to witness the deaths of 13 Union prisoners. Following the reading of the execution order, a signal was giv
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Uncivilized Warfare
During the Civil War, as in most conflicts, it was accepted by both sides that desertion was punishable by death. Combatants captured in uniform, however, were generally accorded treatment commensurate with the rules of war. In the case of the Kinsto
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‘True To Their Country’
Loyalty was the byword of the Army of the Potomac. Soldiers in the ranks, the junior officers above them, and generals at headquarters all professed political obedience as the imperative of a citizen-army in time of civil war. The main source of frus
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The partisan vortex sucked in numerous general officers connected with the army’s past. Their publicized opinions generally viewed loyalty to the administration as a gesture above politics, while support for Little Mac debased the war effort through
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Partisan Venom
By October 1864, Philadelphia’s Soldiers’ Campaign Club numbered as many as 3,500 veterans—the vast majority of them certainly from the Army of the Potomac. Alongside the Union League, these discharged soldiers mobilized as the vanguard of the Republ
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Paper Lions
IN ITS NOVEMBER 1862 report on the disastrous surrender of the U.S. garrison at Harpers Ferry, Va., two days before the Battle of Antietam, the Army commission investigating singled out the performance of one regiment as worthy of special condemnatio
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Salvage Effort
AT ABOUT DUSK, an exhausted Confederate officer, accompanied by a bugler holding a flag of truce, passed a few frightened but curious citizens as they rode into Carlisle, Pa., in search of the town’s Union commander. They did so to deliver Brig. Gen.
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Casting Call?
IN EARLY OCTOBER 1864, two budding Wild West luminaries happened to meet in the middle of Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price’s invasion of Missouri, what became known as “Price’s Lost Campaign.” William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody was a trooper with the
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Labyrinth Of Death
» The Wilderness of Spotsylvania was a forested region of Virginia’s Orange and Spotsylvania counties just west of Fredericksburg, about halfway between Washington, D.C., and Richmond. It remains notorious as a grueling battleground. From the spring
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If the Wilderness was a place of death akin to hell, then it is only natural that some postwar authors portrayed the region as a haunt of ghosts and spirits. One Federal, returning to the battlefield to look for his fallen brother, found partially ex
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The Reaper Strikes
Of the more than 1,000 Union and Confederate generals who served in the Civil War, 124 died of wounds received in battle, while 38 died from illnesses, accidents, or in other bizarre incidents. Among those in the latter category were two who committe
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Fight For Redemption
THE BATTLE OF SUNSHINE CHURCH did not alter the outcome of the Atlanta Campaign, but it can’t be said that the fierce cavalry engagement outside Macon, Ga., on July 31, 1864, lacked for drama. The battle was a rarity in Union Maj. Gen. William T. She
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For The Cause
On the afternoon of February 3, 1864, while taking a leisurely horseback ride about five miles outside Alexandria, La., Confederate Major David French Boyd was stopped and forced into custody by a small band of so-called “Jayhawkers.” These brigands,
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Martinsburg, W. Va. Off the Rails
When the pavement beneath your feet begins to rumble and the whistle of another passing freight train pierces the silence of this sleepy town, it’s easy to understand how the antebellum city of Martinsburg, Va. (now West Virginia), prospered as a maj
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Reverse Course
On March 4, 1861, Abraham Lincoln promised in his inaugural address not to interfere with slavery in the states where it existed. In Congress at War: How Republican Reformers Fought the Civil War, Defied Lincoln, Ended Slavery, and Remade America, hi
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