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Martin Luther Smith - the Confederacy's most accomplished engineer?

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Reading up on the Vicksburg Campaign, I became interested in learning more about this gentleman:

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Martin Luther Smith was born on September 9, 1819 in Danby, New York.

In 1838, he entered West Point and graduated 16th out of 56 four years later. His class would furnish 22 Civil War generals, among them James Longstreet, D.H. Hill, Lafayette McLaws, Earl Van Dorn, Richard H. Anderson, John Pope, George Sykes, Abner Doubleday and William S. Rosecrans.

Commissioned brevet 2nd Lt. of the Topographical Engineers, Smith's first assignments...
Recent Find Hello, need help identifying cartridge box.
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Hello Folks, I'm hoping someone here will be able to identify a cartridge box I recently received with other civil war accouterments. I believe it is for a carbine type rifle. What is strange too me is the sheet steel insert instead of the traditional wooden block. The maker is marked as "Wilkinson". I've included pictures of this box for you review.
Thank you, everyone for your time and effort in helping me identify this cartridge box.

Rich

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Our Arlington House, Mary Anna Randolf Custis's History Revisted

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NYPL image, Arlington House, someone's carriage waiting. Wish we knew more of this photograph although guessing it would be a Washington ' someone ' on official business.

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Famous photograph of Mary Anna Custis Lee but it's so wonderful, worth seeing again.


We hear something of RE Lee's wife, Mary Anna Randolf Custis. That she was Martha Washington's great granddaughter? Martha Washington? And that Arlington, born of Meig's spleen against his old friend Robert Lee as a burying place for...
Tell me more! Serial orientation Remington 1858
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Is the serial on this 1858 Remington New Model Belt Pistol , 0609 or 6090?

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Here's the whole thing....

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Discussion Confederate flag that never was.

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This is one of the flags submitted to be the flag for the Confederacy. I have no idea why it was not selected.

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Say What? Saturday: Sam Watkins Quote

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20 year-old Sam Watkins enlisted in the "Maury Greys" in April 1861. The "Maury Greys" became Company H, 1st Tennessee. Over the next four years, Watkins and his regiment fought in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattenooga, the Atlanta Campaign, Franklin, Nashville, and many others.

Like many of his fellow soldiers, Sam was full of enthusiasm when he enlisted in the army. As this quote shows, he found the reality of war to be quite different from what he had imagined...

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