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The Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6 & 7, 1862

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Don Troiani's Men of Arkansas! portrays Confederate commander general Albert Sidney Johnston mounted at right exhorting his men for another assault on the Federal lines during the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. Johnston is brandishing a new tin cup taken from one of the overrun Union camps that morning after reproving one of his subordinates for allowing his men to loot; afterwards he soothed the crestfallen officer by picking up the cup with the comment, "Let this be my share of the spoils" and for some reason carrying it around the rest of the day. Note the Rackensackers are armed with a variety of old flintlock rifles and...

Where Is It Wednesday, Gettysburg

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Thomas Nast's Cartoon on April, 1, 1864

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Thomas Nast did a cartoon on April 1, 1863 celebrating April Fool's Day. It was also then known as All Fool's Day. This cartoon is a mosaic of several April Fool's pranks.


Image from post #2 - thank you @AndyHall

See the cartoon and read history at

http://www.harpweek.com/09Cartoon/Cartoon Of The Day.asp?Month=March?Date=29

Happy April 1st to all!

All Fools Day, Predictably Foolish, 1861-1865

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This wonderful gentleman, for all we know, could be smiling sometime in June or October- but bet he indulged himself each April 1st. We could be looking at a Very Dangerous Man.

Generally spend April 1st wildly on the defensive, skulking indoors, wearing hats when out, a fugitive from yucksters. You'd have to meet my family. Easter is killing the whole refugee thing, have a feeling it'll be an awfully long holiday.

April 1st may be missed by the usual fools this year, competing with Easter Sunday but seems to have been not missed during the war- at all. Have to say some singularly humorless individuals seem to have used April 1, 1861-1865 to bemoan...

First Bull Run The Beginnings of the Irish Brigade

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Colonel Corcoran in what is believed to be his 69th New York State Militia uniform.


It being St Patrick's Day this month I thought I would look at it's predecessor for while such a fabled organisation wasn't at First Bull Run there is a definite link to the battle.

This is of course the 90 day men of the 69th New York State Militia. (Originally New York's 2nd Regiment of Irish Volunteers)

Many (possibly most?) of whom will reenlist in the fabled 69th New York Volunteers of The Irish Brigade and which will (eventually) go on to become a regiment in the current New York...

Book Launch Not Till Then Can the World Know

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  • @LSBusch is the author L. Spencer Busch, and is proud to launch her book:
    • Not Till Then Can the World Know:
      Replacement Companies of the Fourteenth Iowa Infantry in the Trans-Mississippi
    • Published 3/28/2020
    • Launched on CWT on 4/1/2020
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While the 14th Iowa Infantry was being organized in 1861, its first three companies (A, B, and C) were sent to the Dakota Territory. The remaining seven companies entered the Civil War in...

Trivia 4-1-2020 April Fool's Day Scavenger Hunt

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This man was a Captain, later Major, of the 11th Alabama Infantry. He was also the great nephew of General Winfield Scott. What was his name (first and last) and what was the name of the Company of the 11th AL he served as Captain?

source should be from civilwartalk

search: https://civilwartalk.com/search/

credit: @lelliott19

in this case the source is not required. but for the future, if a link is asked for AS PART of the answer is must be included. I will add a tutorial to the rules on how to do so.

The scene was, indeed, an impressive one

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Memoranda by Walt Whitman

Aug. 8.—Tonight, as I was trying to keep cool, sitting by a wounded soldier in Armory Square, I was attracted by some pleasant singing in an adjoining Ward. As my soldier was asleep, I left him, and entering the Ward where the music was, I walked half way down and took a seat by the cot of a young Brooklyn friend, S. R.. badly wounded in the hand at Chancellorsville, and who has suffered much, but who at that moment in the evening was wide awake and comparatively easy. He had turned over on his left side to get a better view of the singers, but the plentiful drapery of the mosquito curtains of the adjoining...

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