Category Archives: WBS

Confederate Memorial to be removed from Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A Confederate memorial is to be removed from Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia in the coming days, part of the push to remove symbols that commemorate the Confederacy from military-related facilities, a cemetery official said … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in the Field – 1863 from “Death Piled Hard” reposted 2023

One of my pre-occupations is the cycle of novels that I wrote concerned with what I think I learned in life.  It is set in the American Civil War and called “Strike the Tent.”  Why?  If I knew why perhaps I could … Continue reading

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The capture of the CSS Florida – 7 October 1864 

Comment: This is the work of Matt Palmquist, a writer, editor Civil War enthusiast and unabashed Unionist. His CivilWar Humor Twitter account was a great source of amusement and history. I’ve been holding onto this Twitter thread of his for … Continue reading

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What if Robert E. Lee Had Sent Troops to Vicksburg?

Why was Robert E. Lee so opposed to sending help to Mississippi in 1863? That question was certainly on the mind of Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon that season. By default, then, it was also on Lee’s. Anchored on … Continue reading

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The Great Charge – 3 July 1863 (from “The Butcher’s Cleaver”)

“… A mile away, across the grassy valley from the cemetery ridge, Pickett’s Division lay waiting in the woods.  They had come up to this position in the early morning hours.  The officers occupied themselves with the usual business of … Continue reading

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“There’s the devil to pay” – 1 July 1863

The quote is from Brigadier General John Buford as he directed his delaying action before Gettysburg. With his bold and brilliant action, he shaped the course of that pivotal three day battle. This video describes the events of that day … Continue reading

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“The Jayhawker and the Conductor: The Combahee Ferry Raid, 2 June 1863”

This is an excerpt from an article by James Stejskal about the Combahee Ferry raid and the USCT campaign preceding that raid written for the Army Historical Foundation. A while ago I wrote about one of his earlier books, Special … Continue reading

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2023 Memorial Day Weekend Luminaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery

FREDERICKSBURG, VA — On Saturday, May 27, 2023 the National Park Service will host the 28th annual luminaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. The program runs from 8 pm to 11 pm, and is free to the public. In the … Continue reading

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A Field Too Far – The Battle of Malvern Hill

Background In March 1862, McClellan opened the Peninsula Campaign by sailing from Alexandria, Virginia, to Fort Monroe. Over the next two months, his army cautiously advanced toward Richmond, but Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston checked him at Seven Pines on … Continue reading

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“Civil War general’s remains come back to his hometown” – TTG

The final resting place of Civil War Gen. A.P. Hill has been anything but that, as his remains were put in the ground, dug up and moved, three times in the 19th century. Then, when the city of Richmond decided … Continue reading

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