Things I see
1) The torpedo has been disarmed - note the hole below the bottle
2) The middle soldier's smirk is priceless and his bandaged index finger is a lost story
3) The left soldier has some interesting facings on his jacket.
4) What's up with that bottle?
5) Attention model makers - this'd make a great diorama. 6) Just noticed - does the Corporal on the right have a brimless kepi?...
Some historians have written that, during the Civil War, commanders used a rule-of-thumb that an attacker needed at least a three-to-one numerical advantage to attack an entrenched defensive position.
Whether this is really a valid rule is interesting, but my real question is this: Can anyone point to a explicit Civil-War-era statement of this rule in any kind of source contemporary to the war?
I'm researching the use of fortifications during the war and am interested in the value of entrenchments as a deterrent. So what I would love to see is any quote from a Civil War commander, a military manual, a primary source of some kind, even a newspaper, expressly stating that a three-to-one...
This watercolour portrait of a Union Army officer was purchased in England (where I am based) and was sold as having being painted contemporaneously to the civil war era, this was supported by a second opinion, but certainly requires further validation to be 100%.
Not that it particularly matters to me as I purchased it because I like it regardless of when it was painted, but it would be nice to think he had sat for it rather than it being copied from a cabinet card / photo at a later date.
I know its a remote chance at best, but would love to put a name to him, as that would then open up research possibilities into his military career and personal life.
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Nathan Bedford Forrest amassed substantial wealth as a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle trader, real estate broker, and slave trader in Tennessee before the war began. In June 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, one of the few officers during the war to enlist as a private and be promoted to general without any prior military training. As an expert cavalry leader, Forrest was given command of a corps and established new doctrines for mobile forces, earning the nickname "The Wizard of the Saddle". His...
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The American Civil War
The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.