Join us in learning the terminology used with the sword and saber. We explore not only the terms used in period texts such as the ordnance manual, but also discuss the terms used by the collector community. Thank you to the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition for hosting us for this episode at Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit.
Captain Charles Morse (Co. B) -- “Now came our turn again; Gordon’s brigade was ordered to attack the woods on the right [i.e., West Woods]. We crossed a high rail fence into a lane [i.e., the Hagerstown Pike] and ensconced ourselves behind the fence on the other side within fifty yards of the woods; we had on our left and right two new regiments. We had hardly taken our position when the rebel line came out of the woods, so near you could distinguish the features of the men. We...
Before heading to the CWT muster in Vicksburg in October, I went to New Orleans for a couple of days. In preparation, I of course looked up what Civil War sites I could visit in the Crescent City. One place that came up in my research was Jackson Square in the French Quarter, especially the equestrian monument of Andrew Jackson.
The statue itself has nothing to do with the Civil War – Andrew Jackson victoriously led the American troops in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, and to honor his deeds, a statue of Jackson was erected in 1856.
However, an inscription can be found on the statue’s pedestal that was...
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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.