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Decoration Day Honored U.S. Civil War Veterans; Later Became Memorial Day

I posted this last year, but think it deserves posting again. On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, declared Decoration Day as a time … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day and the U.S. Civil War

Originally posted on Polishing Your Prose:
With Mother’s Day just a few days away, I began to wonder about the history of the day purported to honor mothers. Did it exist during the U.S. Civil War? If it did, Oney…

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Question of the Week: April 18-24, 2016

Originally posted on Emerging Civil War:
For this week’s Question of the Week, Phill Greenwalt asks: Do you think the Civil War was an “Irrepressible Conflict” or the product of “a Blundering Generation”?

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Pay Them Gratitude and Respect: Remembering the Civil War’s Prisoners of War

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Slinging Insults in the Confederate State House

Originally posted on Emerging Civil War:
Judah Benjamin            (photo courtesy wikipedia) Things got testy in the U. S. Congress in the years before the war. Most of us know about  Preston Brooks caning Charles Sumner in the…

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Civil War Generals’ Sex Quiz

Originally posted on Emerging Civil War:
Here’s a little April 1st tomfoolery for you. Prepare to get sassy with your morning coffee: the Civil War Generals’ Sex Quiz:  1. What Union cavalry officer, who fought in Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, kept a…

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“It is for us the living…”

Originally posted on Emerging Civil War:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged…

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What the Private Saw: Antietam

On Sept. 25, 1861, Private Oney Foster Sweet wrote to his mother, Caroline Foster Sweet, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He and his comrades in the 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery, Battery F, believed the war would be over in a few months, … Continue reading

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‘The music commenced’— Gettysburg turns tide for Union army

One hundred and fifty-two years ago today, “the music commenced” at Gettysburg. The quoted phrase comes from Private Oney F. Sweet, who made reference to the artillery barrages that signaled the beginning of battle. Confederate General Lee had marched his … Continue reading

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Decoration Day Honored U.S. Civil War Veterans; Later Became Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, Major General John A. Logan, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, declared Decoration Day as a time for the nation to honor the U.S. Civil War dead. Logan … Continue reading

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