On Tuesday I was up in Albany right after the city got a foot of snow. I headed over to lovely Washington Park to take a few shots of the Grand Army of the Republic’s memorial to the soldiers and sailors who gave their lives in the Civil War.
Outside of our little community the Battle of Staunton River Bridge is little-remembered these days. But it was vitally important at the time and is a fascinating story of a community rallying together in a time of crisis.
The destruction of the railroad bridge over the Staunton River was one of the principal objectives of the Wilson-Kautz raid in June 1864. Food and supplies for Richmond and Petersburg flowed across this bridge. If it was destroyed, the Confederate lifeline would be severed.
The bridge was defended by 296 Confederate reserves, commanded by Captain Benjamin Farinholt, who had previously served in the 53rd Virginia. Wounded and captured at...
This officer was the last of the Brevet Brigadier Generals confirmed for Civil War service. After
being censured for accepting a bribe for an academy appointment, he resigned from congress.
He died in the 20th century.
Who is he?
Certainly, a beautiful pistol is one the fires when you need it most. That said, some Civil War era pistols are, at least to me, more attractive than others. So which Civil War pistols are "good looking'?
So do we have the beauty pageant winner here? Or is a more classic design more attractive?
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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.