In times of war there will always be those who try to take advantage of the situation to make money. History is full of examples of people cheating the government for personal gain while the country is trying to supply the military. Sometimes they get caught.
When citizens of a country are fighting each other, it sometimes makes it harder to distinguish friend from foe. This can be a detriment in combat, but it could also save a soldier’s skin. The following account, originally published in the National Tribune, recounts just such an episode.
The Bloody Angle at Spotsylvania. To those who were there, the name represented a terrible slaughter for control of the Confederate works. One officer later said that when he described what he saw there, he did not expect to be fully believed. One participant, a member of the 95th Pennsylvania, wrote about what he saw.
As Civil War soldiers charged in combat, it was often with a loud cry. The Rebel Yell and Yankee Hurrah became famous during the war and were heard on many fields of battle. Confederate veteran J. Harvey Dew had thoughts on how they developed.
Whenever soldiers face combat, there’s always a question of who might turn and run. Human nature compels people to move away from danger rather than towards it. Having someone in the rear to stop soldiers from fleeing was sometimes a necessity.
Nathan Bedford Forrest had an objective. It would be difficult and dangerous to try and accomplish his objective. That, however, never stopped the Wizard of the Saddle. Though heavily outnumbered, he would go to Memphis.
When wars begin there is usually a rush of volunteers eager to fight for what they believe is right. Some, for various reasons, choose to stay out of it. For them, how they’re treated by the opposing sides can sway their feelings and propel them to enlist. The following account tells one man’s story of how he came to enlist in the Confederacy.
The Civil War brought about a huge market of collectibles that began before the final shots were fired and continues on today. One such item was envelopes printed with patriotic themes. The following article, published in The New England Magazine in March 1895 takes an early look at them.
The war was over. But that didn’t matter. Though far from the battlefields of their youth, when the men who wore the gray heard the familiar battle cry, they responded. There was trouble and the Rebel Yell gathered men to stop it.
As in all wars, soldiers fighting the Civil War lost friends during the conflict. Sometimes that friend wasn’t of the human variety. There are numerous stories about mascots that Civil War regiments adopted during those four years. Below is one veteran’s remembrances of Charlie.
Gatehouse Press was founded in 2008, but its roots go back much further. In October 1969, Morningside Bookshop, founded by Robert J. Younger, issued its first catalog of Civil War books. The next year, Morningside published its first book, a reprint of Charles Loehr’s War History of the Old First Virginia Infantry Regiment. Since then, Morningside has published more than 150 books and carried, at one point, more than 2,200 Civil War books by other publishers.
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