I was born on April 14, 1822, in Guyandotte, Virginia (now West Virginia). I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1842. I accepted a commission as an ordnance officer. I fought in the Mexican war supporting Scott's siege train and fought with distinction in the Battle of Cerro Gordo and the siege of Puebla, Mexico. After the war, I worked at numerous sites as an ordnance officer. I was commissioned to write a new ordnance manual. It was 600 pages and it was the essential guide to ordnance officers in the Civil War. I hold eight patents including one for a rifle with an innovative rolling breechblock.I retired in 1882 after 40 years of ordnance service. I died in Palotka...
Published on Oct 23, 2019
Playing cards was a popular past time before the war and was popular with soldiers during the war. We explore another game from the era called Quinze. Camp life was a common part of the Civil War soldiers experience and included in that were games of all kinds. Learning and playing period card games like Quinze is a great way to connect to history at events or at home.
So much as a background to the picture; so much as the setting for the incident we now give, and which ever after endeared the memory of General Custer to everyone who was a witness to it... with a delicacy of feeling and magnanimity of spirit which only true chivalry can appreciate, as soon as the applause had subsided and the band ceased, he turned to its leader and said, "Give the boys Dixie."
The Battle of Sailor's Creek was fought April 6, 1865, near Farmville, Virginia, as part of the Appomattox Campaign. It was the last major engagement between the armies of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Union...
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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.