1. SWVA00

    Discussion Battle of Cloyd's Mountain First Hand Accounts

    Does anyone have any first hand accounts of the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain? I don't think any of the units that were there have any detailed accounts in any of the books published about them but I could be wrong.
  2. Belle Montgomery

    Richmond’s new Civil War museum aims to shatter conventional views of the conflict

    The American Civil War Museum, which opens May 4, tells the story of the Civil War from an array of perspectives. (Julia Rendleman/The Washington Post) RICHMOND — Sheets of rain pounded the towering glass walls of this city’s new American Civil War Museum as workers raced to finish preparations...
  3. Belle Montgomery

    Discussion Why Alleghany County Was the Virginia Locality Most Affected by the Civil War

    Hamilton Lombard isn’t a Civil War buff, but like many people, he’s heard the story of Wilmer McLean, who just couldn’t escape the war. In 1861, McLean’s farm near Manassas was involved in the First Battle of Bull Run. Looking to flee the fighting, McLean and his family moved to Appomattox –...
  4. Belle Montgomery

    WV exhibit includes saw used in Civil War's first amputation by Confederacy

    The carpenter's saw used to amputate the leg of a Confederate officer the day after a musket ball shattered his knee during the 1861 Battle of Philippi is among artifacts on display in a new First Campaign of the Civil War exhibit at the Beverly Heritage Center. The artifact serves as a stark...
  5. Belle Montgomery

    Article: Her image had been buried near a Civil War battlefield for 100 years. Then I found her.

    My metal detector gave a loud signal as I swept its coil over the freshly cleared earth. I had just dug up several Civil War bullets a few feet away, but this signal sounded different. It was louder, and registered much higher on my detector’s meter than the bullets. Perhaps, I thought, I was...
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    Confederate Drummer Of The 6th Virginia, The Other Mosby

    Charles' F.' Mosby pictured here is really Charles E. . Son of Southern, pre-war widow Sarah Brumfield Mosby from Manchester, Virginia with numerous progeny by husband Edward, Charles seems to have entered army life on the heels of Sumter's echo. He was only 13. Easy enough marveling at these...
  7. lelliott19

    From Slavery to Union Soldier: Pleasant Whitely Escapes Slavery in Virginia to Join the Union Army 43rd USCT

    * "When I enlisted I gave my name as Philip Pleasant. My slave name was Pleasant Whitely. I took the name Philip from my uncle, who was named Philip Thompson. Since the war I have been known and called Pleasant Whitely." Pleasant Whitely was born in Bedford County, Virginia, around 1845. He...
  8. davebleedsblue

    [ID Help Please] Think this might be what’s left of a m1840 sabre?

    Photos: Hey everyone - thanks in advance for your assistance. Trying to figure out as much as I can here. This sword was dug decades ago from a battlefield in Virginia, and obviously saw some trauma. Obviously with the grip and rest of the blade missing, it’s...
  9. Belle Montgomery

    Did Molly Tynes, Southern Heroine aka the Confederate Paul Revere, Ride the Night of Col. Toland's Raid?

    “The only difference between Paul Revere and Molly Tynes was a poet,” is the way a store owner from the area puts it. And whether she rode alone or accompanied through the night to deliver a warning of the coming Union soldiers, she remains an enduring and appealing legend. In Virginia’s...
  10. Belle Montgomery

    Army Post Played Major Role in Civil War, Offered Freedom to Slaves

    HAMPTON, VA. - If you're headed to some of the most popular beaches in the mid-Atlantic, chances are you'll encounter the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Thousands of drivers use that stretch of Interstate 64 every day, to get to Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. Well, a stone's throw from...
  11. JPK Huson 1863

    Habiliments Of Mourning; What Color, Death? Virginia 1861

    Festooning ourselves, especially widows in yard upon yard of black fabric as a social norm after the death of a loved one seemed an accepted practice so embedded in our culture we never question it.' Widows weeds' was the insouciant term, maybe an indication this ' norm ' was not as popular as...

    Historic marker dedicated to Bristol railroad history and train station Historic marker dedicated to Bristol railroad history and train station LEIF GREISS | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Dec 4, 2018 Updated Dec 4, 2018 The land for the railroad facilities was donated in 1848 by the Rev. James King, and...
  13. Belle Montgomery

    The Confederacy was built on slavery. How can so many Southern whites still believe otherwise?

    In July, a 62-year-old white man named Frank Earnest, one of the country’s most ardent defenders of Confederate monuments, traveled 200 miles from his Virginia home to Washington, D.C., and got in line at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. You could say he stood out...
  14. K

    Found another Confederate Ancestor

    I have found a pension record for my gr x5 grandfather Thomas S. Williams. Unfortunately the record is horrible and practically illegible. It lists his Infantry regiment, which I think might be Percy or Darcy? Unfortunately it didn't actually list the number of the regiment, just the slang or...
  15. Belle Montgomery

    UVA’s Civil War Story Is Not All Confederate

    "James O. Broadhead owned slaves and served in the Missouri Secession Convention, where he argued against secession to protect slavery. William Fishback spoke out against secession, and escaped to Missouri after hostilities broke out." During the Civil War, the University of Virginia was...
  16. Belle Montgomery

    A summer spent with Civil War soldiers' correspondence

    Notes from the archives of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture Every day for eight weeks I entered the Virginia Museum of History and Culture through a hidden side door. I weaved through a dim hallway past unused furniture and exposed pipes until I reached the elevator. My floor was 2...
  17. Belle Montgomery

    Civil War Booze - 'Muskets and Applejack'

    Role of booze in Civil War outlined in 'Muskets and Applejack' : Unusual and interesting books have been written about Civil War ghosts, dreams, curiosities, flags and just plain weird facts, so why not a little volume about Civil War liquor? Mark Will-Weber has concocted, “Muskets and...
  18. T

    V Box Plate Excavated Relics

    Hello All, I am new here and no very little about Civil war items. My 90 year old father asked me to help him identify and possibly sell this item. He believes it could be a box plate perhaps from a Virginia artilliary box and is very rare. Is anyone familiar with it? Thank You
  19. JPK Huson 1863

    Period Mary Randolph Randolph Recipes, An Unlikely Housewife

    Mary Randolph Randolph's famous " The Virginia Housewife " cookbook was and is a standby for Southern cooks or anyone interested in Southern cooking. But she wasn't a housewife- as close to royalty as we get on this side of the pond, Mary Randolph Randolph ran her own boarding house, turned a...
  20. RangerJ

    Civil War Graffiti

    In 1863, when Isaac S. Pyle, a private in Co. A, Purnell Legion Cavalry scratched his name into a brick at a rural Virginia church, he may have hoped it would be seen by someone far in the future. If so, he got his wish. For most of the war, Pyle and the other members of Captain Robert E...
  21. Sorah_45thVA

    Help: 45th Virginia info please!

    Was wondering about the 45th Virginia Infantry which saw all of its action in modern West Virginia except for assisting for a few months in East Tennessee. Specifically Company E. which my ancestor Telemachus Marion Hull was in. I know very little about him and his unit any help or links to...
  22. C

    Hello! Author writing about Civil War family in Virginia/West Virginia

    Thank you for adding me to the group! Civil War Talk has often appeared in searches I've done for my books, and I'm glad to officially join in. I have published one book, historical fiction based on my great-great-grandmother's life before and during the Civil War in western Virginia/West...
  23. JPK Huson 1863

    The Bride Wore Brown And Grace, Two Brits, 3,000 Miles And A City Point Wedding, 1864

    City Point, Virginia. View is of the quartermaster's HQ but suspect the chapel was nearby. In 1864, this was home to British citizen, Annie Bain, who came 3,000 miles, she said, to nurse a brother wounded fighting with the 37th Wisconsin Volunteers. You come across the best stuff. Adelaide...
  24. Cpl. Smith

    Battle of Front Royal

    June 9th through 10th Front Royal Va. We will have a street battle on saturday and another battle Sunday that I believe to be held at RMA. Reenactors may show up Fri. The 8th. If interested please check out our website below The battle if Front Royal happend in...
  25. Kimberly Berry

    Annual Confederate Memorial Service, Staunton, VA

    Members of The J.E.B Stuart Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy cordially extend an Invitation to The Annual Confederate Memorial Service at the Confederate Monument in the Soldiers' Section of Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. Memorial...

    Blue Ridge Tunnel and Stonewall Jackson

    NORTHEAST PORTAL. - Blue Ridge Railroad, Blue Ridge Tunnel The Blue Ridge Tunnel was built by Claudius Crozet for the Blue Ridge Railroad in 1858 by the state of Virginia for the Virginia Central Railroad. It was the...
  27. James N.

    Civil War Talk Throwback Thursday, 11-2-17

    Another photo from my memorable 1961 trip with my mother to Gettysburg and Manassas for the Centennial Reenactment, this one somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley near Berryville (Winchester), Virginia. Since this was the era of The Gray Ghost on television I was suitably impressed enough to take...
  28. James N.

    Colonel John S. Mosby's Warrenton, Virginia

    During the Civil War the town of Warrenton was county seat of Fauquier County, Virginia, and changed hands several times as the armies of both sides ranged across the countryside. It lies only a short distance southwest of the twin battlefields of Bull Run/Manassas and served as a vast hospital...
  29. StephenColbert27

    KKK Rally in Support of Lee Statue draws Counter-Protest

    Source. It's always outsiders who come in and create the most trouble. Nice to see these ignorant bigots outnumbered almost ten to one by counter-protesters. Even better that no one was seriously injured, and that violence was kept to the throwing of plastic bottles and apple cores.
  30. Tom Reagan

    Howdy from NC/VA

    Howdy all, new member here. Some say I'm a bit young (23) to have such an avid interest in the Civil War, but it has always been one of my favorite topics. My father tried to impart a love for history in all of his children, but I'm the only one of the five that it really stuck with. I feel...
  31. StephenColbert27

    Charlottesville Torch Rally

    From the Washington Post, by Laura Vozzella "RICHMOND — Self-proclaimed white nationalist Richard Spencer led a large group of demonstrators carrying torches and chanting “You will not replace us” Saturday in Charlottesville, protesting plans to remove a Confederate monument that has played an...
  32. Cavalry Charger

    W.H.F. Lee's response to Wilson's Raid

    I am wondering if there are any Regimental histories available that are connected to this raid, most likely involving Barringer's 1st North Carolina Cavalry at the Southside railroad and Nottoway Courthouse in Virginia. The 8th New York Cavalry was also involved in this raid on the Union side...
  33. F

    Civil War era jail at Brentsville, Virginia

    Civil War era jail at Brentsville, Virginia is being preserved by the Prince William Historic Preservation Foundation.

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