Of all the thousands of relics I have dug over my 47 years of digging, there are just a handful of them where I could walk you right back to the spot I found them. The 5 Confederate plates and the CS spur are the top 6 but all the weapons I have dug are in that category as well.
The B&G short sword was dug at Shiloh in 1978 and knocked my headphones off when I went over it. Its a shame the blade was broken and it was no where to be found even though I went back to the area many times trying to find it, but never did.
The gorgeous little side knife was dug in the CS camps at Farmington...
Berkeley Plantation is a beautifully preserved estate on the banks of the James River--ancestral home to Presidents Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison. The Federal Army camped here during the Peninsula Campaign, and it was at Berkeley that "Taps" was composed.
Willie Johnston of Vermont, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient, is also honored here.
A West Point graduate and practicing Civil Engineer, I am remembered for the part I played in two of the most memorable battles of the American Civil War. After the second battle, I received little official credit although some assert that my actions saved our army from certain defeat.
Just months later, I was seriously wounded fighting in Tennessee, a wound that caused me great difficulty the rest of my long life. After convalescence, I returned to combat, only to have my horse shot out from under me at Kingston, North Carolina in one of the last engagements of the war.
Who am I?
In this episode, we pull a recipe from a civilian focused primary source, the American Agriculturist, a monthly magazine for farmers. This potato soup recipe was featured in the April 1865 edition. As you enjoy this warm, simple soup think about all the history and uncertainty unfolding in our country that same month! This is just another way to connect with history on many levels. Thank you to the Waterloo Area Historical Society for their hospitality for this episode.
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The American Civil War
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.