A Hawkins Zouave Meets with Sea Nettles

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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...

The Tuttle Dove

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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,

At some point, someone noticed a...
Applause breaks in the Gettysburg Address
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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?

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Nathan Bedford Forrest

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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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    Votes: 1 2.5%
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    Votes: 11 27.5%
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