Table of Contents – America’s Civil War – November 2011

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Who owns Gettysburg?
Entrepreneurs, battlefield geeks, everybody wants a stake in the Most Famous Small Town in America. By Tim Rowland

In defense of Jeb
And speaking of Gettysburg, what did Jeb Stuart do there that was so wrong, anyway? By Tonia J. Smith

Rule Britannia
To Prince Albert, the whole Trent Affair was a royal pain: Britain had better things to do than fight with the Union. By Robert B. Mitchell

The fightin’ Irish
Wave after wave of Federals dissolved in Fredericksburg. Then came the Irish Brigade’s turn. By Thomas Craughwell

Tracing the ties that bind
Want to find out what your great-great-granddad did in the war? So did our editor. Learn from her trials and errors. By Tamela Baker




Field Notes

Civil War news and history

Primary Sources
John Ross tried to pick a winner

Cease Fire
Develop a taste for history

See ya later, Alligator

A Civil War Chronology


Michigan mettle, Confederate correspondence, dissecting decisions and a tale of feminine espionage

The robe of a martyr

2 Responses

  1. daniel Shorts

    i appreciate this information it has helped me with one of my projects in history

  2. Thomas J. Baglin

    Re: Jeb Stuart’s defense, I read an article on this subject a few years back. Unfortun ately, I can not recall this reference material.

    Btaim, there ARE two valid points to consider:
    #1: Gen’l Lee HAD to issue orders that were NOT stage-specific. This is due to conditions at the scene at time of arrival, and fortunes of the ANV on the march towards its Pennsylvania invasion.

    #2: Gen’l Stuart allowed himself to become a Wagon-Master, and Drover. Two functions that are a death knell for a Cavalry force that is operating in a semi-independent capacity, IN enemy territory.

    These are the two major points to assign.

    However, there are OTHER closeted points to attach to this “pot of stew.”

    A: The health of R.E.L. His family having a propensity for heart-related deaths, and the general health knowledge of the day, there MUST be some credence assigned to Lee’s expressive language in the written document.
    Since we know that Gen’l Lee died of heart failure in 1870, It would NOT be beyond consideration that the the LANGUAGE of the written orders(to Stuart) was influenced by health problems that inserted themselves in a temporary manner.
    Thus we come to the question of how MUCH KNOWLEDGE did the attending ARMY physician TO Gen’l Lee was aware of ; and to what level of medical regimen was being attended to. Then, there is always the matter of the cantankerous patient attitude towards his medical ailments and doctor.
    We come to the consideration of mental sharpness, and awareness of the orders, vocabulary, and word pattern involved. Still open to research and conformation.

    B: The matter of Brandy Station, and ITS effects upon Gen’l. Stuart; his mentality, desire for some sort of salving owing to the surprise attack by Union forces.
    The problem of clouded judgment might be involved owing to such an allowance to materialize, and presage a loss of advantage that the ANV had enjoyed without challenge for over a year.

    Regardless of what hidden causes there might be, in MY estimation, Gen’l. Stuart lost the fundamental attribute of what CAVALRY WAS, and what it could NOT accomplish on its own.

    The loss of RETAINING the lessons that the Mongols taught about horse cavalry, certainly proved of major importance at Gettysburg.

    Thomas J. Baglin


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