William H. Brearley, Company E 17th Michigan recorded his memories of the East Tennessee campaign in a book entitled Recollections of the East Tennessee Campaign : Battle of Campbell Station, 16th Nov., 1863, siege of Knoxville, 17th Nov.-5th Dec., 1863 published in 1871, but in October 1883, he submitted an article to the National Tribune that includes some additional recollections. Although this description of the use of hand grenades on November 29, 1863 against the assaulting columns at Fort Sanders isn't the most graphic one I've read, his description of the aftermath paints a vivid picture of the result:
An avenue of Oaks leads down the entrance road to historic Botany Bay Plantation WMA.
You are now on the grounds of Bleak Hall Plantation. Walk through the black gate, and you will see two small buildings, both built in the 1800's.
The white building to the left is referred to as the Ice House. The building was a multipurpose structure used as a carriage house,
the drying of crops, and general storage, as well as an ice house. Beneath the floor boards of the building is a storage pit that was used to
store ice. The ice was cut from rivers and lakes in New England and brought down on tall ships where it was insulated in saw dust. The
small tabby structure served as a gardener shed for...
I couldn't find any better place to post this, so hope it's okay. I just received a Merrill, Thomas & Co. customer order and payment received. Please anyone who has better cursive experience and abbreviations of materials & goods sold. Looking for thoughts on Freeman's first and middle name initials, couple of abbreviated materials, I figured out "Received 'Pay't'" for payment, then no clue who X.X. Merrill is. J(ames).H. Merrill or his eldest son William (not sure middle name) would be the only two I think could have been signator. William was born in 1842, and second son Charles was born in 1846. William was mentioned as involved in the company in an 1864 newspaper...
I have a miniature of the Massachusetts Medal that is different than any other I’ve seen in that, attached to the ribbon, it has the Great Seal of the U.S. attached. Can anyone tell me anything about this medal? Would it have belonged to an ACW veteran? I’ve tried researching it but have found that information about this medal is sketchy, and sometimes contradictory, so would appreciate any information that you can provide.
A total of 64 men were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Gettysburg. Only one of those men is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery.
Name the one who is buried in the Gettysburg National Cemetery and the regiment with which he served during that battle. (Note that a correct answer must specify either Infantry, Cavalry, or Artillery.)
*hint* This question is based on a thread that appeared relatively recently on CivilWarTalk.
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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.