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    ‘To the Last Crust and Cartridge’

    The 1863 Jones-Imboden Raid hit a tough but temporary roadblock at Greenland Gap. The late afternoon stillness of April 25, 1863, was shattered when scores of Confederate horsemen suddenly charged from the shadows of Greenland Gap in...

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    Gettysburg After the Storm

    Death and devastation hovered over central Pennsylvania long after the armies had gone. Gettysburg, July 4, 1863. Stench fills the air. Excrement from perhaps one hundred and eighty thousand men and more than seventy thousand horses is...

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    New York City’s Secession Crisis

    Strong economic ties to the South tempted Gotham to consider a break from the Union in 1861. On December 20, 1860, in the wake of the election of Abraham Lincoln, the words that would ignite a war rang out at a state convention in South...

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    The Telegraph Operators

    From Somerset, Kentucky, on July 22, 1862, Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan telegraphed Union Brigadier General J.T. Boyle at Louisville: “Good morning, Jerry! This telegraph is a great  institution. You should destroy...

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    South Carolina Volunteer

    NAME: William N. Gaston DATES: 1839-1907 ALLEGIANCE: Confederate HIGHEST RANK: Junior second lieutenant UNIT: 6th South Carolina Infantry SERVICE RECORD: Fourth sergeant of Strait’s Company of South Carolina volunteers, which became...

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    Arming the Confederacy

    Josiah Gorgas arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, during the early days of April 1861. He had come to accept an appointment as chief of the Confederate Ordnance Bureau. With war imminent, Gorgas faced the formidable and seemingly impossible...

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    CWT Book Review: Last in Their Class

    Last in Their Class: Custer, Pickett and the Goats of West Point by James S. Robbins, Encounter Books, 2006, 503 pages, $26.95 Tradition is at the heart of the military. The concept of participating in something larger than oneself is the...

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    CWT Book Review: Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails

    Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War by Tom Wheeler, HarperCollins, 2006, 240 pages, $24.95. Other than the time he spent at the Executive Mansion, President Abraham...

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    CWT Book Review: Embattled Courage

    Embattled Courage: The Experience of Combat in the American Civil War by Gerald F. Linderman It should come as no surprise that  Civil War soldiers were unable to build a psychological bomb shelter to protect themselves from the...

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    CWT Book Review: A Crisis in Confederate Command

    A Crisis in Confederate Command: Edmund Kirby Smith, Richard Taylor and the Army of the Trans-Mississippi Jeffrey S. Prushankin, Louisiana State University Press, 308 pages, $39.95. Mainstream Civil War historians have long considered the...

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    Intrepid Mariners

    Cherbourg, France, was the final crossroads for the frequently intersecting paths of Raphael Semmes and John Winslow—and the final battle for one of the war’s most famous ships. The ship was state of the art, sleek and fast. Identified...

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    Soldiers of Misfortune?

    Charles Chaille-Long was a Marylander who wanted to join the Confederate Army early on but was underage, and his father refused permission. The young man later changed his mind and joined the Union Army, becoming a captain in the 11th...

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    Searching for Redemption in the Deserts of Egypt

    Former Civil War soldiers failed as military advisers to Egypt’s army but found unexpected success as explorers. Egypt is not a place that is normally associated with the American Civil War. There are peripheral connections, such as...

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    Why Was Jeb Stuart Too Late

    How two small cavalry charges that seemed insignificant–foolish even–helped the Union win the Battle of Gettysburg. In late June 1863, Major General J.E.B. Stuart and 4,000 Confederate troopers began a fateful ride into Union territory...

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    Grant Pries Open the Rebel Heartland at Donelson and Henry

    In the midst of observing the 145th anniversary of the Civil War’s first full year of combat, it is worth noting that during those first 12 months, the Confederacy was making a strong military statement to back up its bid for...

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    A Billy Yank Turned Governor

    Name: Franklin Murphy Dates: 1846-1920 Allegiance: Union Highest Rank: First Lieutenant Unit: 13th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, Company C Service Record: Enlisted at Camp Frelinghuysen in Newark on July 19, 1862. Fought at Antietam,...