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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: The Life of Johnny Reb

    The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy Great historians take intellectual risks, and the late Bell Irvin Wiley was fearless when it came to pursuing research topics that other scholars considered taboo. In the 1940s,...

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    School of the Soldier: Getting Fleeced

    Depressed and restless after two weeks of idleness in their regiment’s ice- and mud-encrusted camp outside Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania cavalrymen Tom Smith and Sam Boyer rode into town in January 1862. in their regiment’s Smith...

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    A Wiregrass Rifle

    NAME: George Fennell Newton DATES: 1841-1922 ALLEGIANCE: Confederate HIGHEST RANK: Private UNIT: 61st Georgia Infantry, Company C “Wiregrass Rifles” SERVICE RECORD: Joined in September 1861, Company G, 26th Georgia Infantry, which was...

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    CWT Book Review: Basil Wilson Duke, CSA

    Basil Wilson Duke, CSA: The Right Man in the Right Place by Gary Robert Matthews, foreword by James A. Ramage, The University Press of Kentucky, 2005, 358 pages, $39.95. In his preface Gary Matthews notes Basil Duke’s reticence and...

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    Desperate Deeds of Valor

    New Englander Warren Lee Goss caught “the war fever” after hearing that Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore had attacked the 6th Massachusetts on its way to Washington, D.C., on April 19, 1861. He soon found that Army life required a...

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    Chance and the Civil War

    Since the first clash of armies, gambling and war have been uneasy bedfellows. From the moment the first shots were fired in 1861, gambling and the Civil War embarked on a volatile relationship. Strategic and tactical gambles became...

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    Johnadab Bowles

    NAME: Johnadab Bowles DATES: 1842 to 1909 ALLEGIANCE: Union HIGHEST RANK: Private UNIT: 67th New York Infantry; 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery G SERVICE RECORD: Joined in April 1861, 67th New York Infantry. Enlisted in Battery G, 2nd U.S....

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    A Hartwell Man

    NAME: John Hamilton Skelton DATES: 1827-93 ALLEGIANCE: Confederate HIGHEST RANK: Major UNIT: 16th Infantry Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, Company C, “Hartwell Infantry” SERVICE RECORD: Formed and commanded Company C on July 13, 1861....

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    The Boys From Brenham

    When the Civil War began, Virginius Pettey was a 25-year-old bachelor practicing law in Brenham, Texas. His office was on the second floor of a building near the county courthouse. He lived in a small nearby settlement called Hog’s...

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    ‘A Hole You Could Put Your Fist In’

    NAME: Marshall Noah McKusick DATES: 1841 to 1908 ALLEGIANCE: Union HIGHEST RANK: Second Lieutenant UNIT: 6th Maine, 1st Battalion, Light Artillery SERVICE RECORD: Enlisted December 10, 1861. Fought at Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run,...

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    War Outside the Lines: Recruiters

    A week after rebel gunners fired on Fort Sumter unsavory New York City residents gathered in protest. Amid cries of “Death to the Plug Uglies!” a fiery William Wilson stepped before them , an angry horde of and “illustrated with his...

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    Friends to the Death

    David R. Jones and Henry W. Kingsbury were comrades on opposite sides during America’s bloodiest day. The American Civil War, like all wars of its kind, produced its share of tragic confrontations between friends and relatives. General...

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    A Soldier to Make General Lee Proud

    Name: Axalla John Hoole Dates: 1822-1863 Allegiance: Confederate Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel Unit: 8th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Service Record: Volunteered for service before shots were fired. Fought in the Peninsula...

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    CWT Book Review: Irish Green & Union Blue

    Irish Green & Union Blue: The Civil War Letters of Peter Welsh Desperation inspired Irishman Peter Welsh to join the Army of the Potomac. While visiting Boston in 1862, Welsh had disappeared for days, falling victim to a drinking binge...

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    Whatever Happened to Birkett Davenport Fry?

    Birkett Davenport Fry wasn’t very good at math. In fact, a failing grade in that subject led to his early dismissal from the U.S. Military Academy, denying him a chance to graduate with the famed West Point class of 1846. Fry’s...

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    Confederate Conscription Woes

    Gloom, deepening by the week, had settled across the Confederacy as the winter of 1861-62 gave way to spring. Wherever Southerners looked, Union forces were achieving gains. In Tennessee the Federals  had captured Forts Henry and...