READ ME! An Important Message and Apology

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There are times in every persons life, when they must admit that they are wrong. They have to admit that keeping a secret was the wrong choice.

Today, I will have to admit that I have made a mistake, and I was wrong.

I deceived you, the users of CivilWarTalk, and I'm so sorry.

I really need to...

Monument Monday, July 15, 2019

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Since the past two Monument Mondays have featured monuments on the first and second day's fields of action at Gettysburg, while we're still in July I thought it would be appropriate to close with some of the many monuments along Cemetery Ridge, focal point for Pickett's Charge of July 3, 1863. Above...

“Dixie Bill” had Five Riders Shot from His Saddle

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Enough of these officers bragging about how many horses were shot out from under them. “Dixie Bill” is staking his counter-claim.

Dixie Bill’s story begins, as far as is recorded, at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, on August 10, 1861. The 11*-year-old bay stallion, whose name at the time we do not know, was the mount...

"What to Send to Soldiers"

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Ladies, the following sound piece of advice comes from the Nov. 1, 1862 issue of Scientific American magazine, as copied from "a Western journal." No doubt, the typical foot soldier slogging through the bayous of Louisiana would be thrilled, not to mention flabbergasted

Whipple hat/havelocks

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A cloth Whipple hat/havelock.

One of the more unusually type of headwear of the Civil War period was the hat/havelock combination. The concept of a hat/cap with a built in Havelock sounds like a great idea, but fell short of its believed potential. The hat/Havelock came in several styles and was used by both the...

Ellwood Manor and Stonewall’s arm

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Had an interesting day at Ellwood Manor. No other visitors present, so we had the place all to ourselves









Medal of Honor Monday - John G. Morrison

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John G. Morrison


Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Entered service at: Lansingburg, N.Y. Born: 3 November 1842, Ireland G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865.

Citation: Serving as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Carondelet, Morrison was commended for meritorious conduct in general and especially...

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