Here is a picture of Charles F. Johnson who immigrated form Sweden with his parents at the age of 10. He wrote a wonderful diary called, “The Long Roll 1861-1863” and he fought with the Hawkins Zouaves.
Here is a story before he got into an amphibious attack at the Battle of Roanoke.
The boys would take swims in the evening after doing drill in the ocean and he had a very singular adventure by himself. I think it is very interesting to see what any of the boys were up to before they saw the elephant because “all of this” was a ”whole new world” to them. Otherwise, they would have been down on the farm or working in a factory and living in...
So, I did a presentation at Andersonville two weeks ago, and so I got a chance to take pictures.
Lots of pictures.
Over 1,500 pictures.
Here's one of the things I took picture of - the mysterious "Tuttle Dove."
Lewis Tuttle was a 29 year old cooper in Maine when he got called to serve his country. His brothers, David and Loren, also answered the call. Loren was injured and had to return to Maine. Turns out, he was the lucky one. Both Lewis and David were captured and ended up at Andersonville.
Neither one survived. Of the three brothers, only Loren would survive the War,
I found a contemporary transcript of the Gettysburg Address that notes when the crowd applauded. This is from the November 26, 1863 issue of the Mexico (NY) Independent. Anyone seen a transcript like this before?
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, 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.