Yearly Archives: 2008

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American Civil War Educators Teaching Myths?

According to Brent Nosworthy, on average 0.68% to 1.5% of shots discharged in Civil War battles hit its intended target, an enemy soldier. (The Bloody Crucible of Courage, 182, 587-592.) According to Earl J. Hess, the average rate of fire … Continue reading


Lincoln “was not a quick study…”

“He [Abraham Lincoln] was not a quick study,” McPherson wrote, “but a thorough one.” According to James. M. McPherson, Lincoln was not a natural strategist as some have argued. He was not comfortable with having to make quick decisions, facing … Continue reading


The State of Military History?

O.K., this quote below sounds familiar doesn’t it? Many a conservative apologists have spewed something similar. So when do you think this article was written? I have provided the first page or so below. Please offer up a guess (NOTE: … Continue reading

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New Quarter

Well the first quarter out here in Colorado ended last week and we start Q2 tomorrow. I will be teaching U.S. History A and B, last quarter I taught Economics and U.S. Government. My first unit (U.S. History A) will … Continue reading


Cavalry Paper… the Score Card

Well I received my grade on my cavalry paper. If you missed it, the prompt question was this: “Did the cavalry play a decisive role in war.” I argued that even though there are times where cavalry played what could … Continue reading

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Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea

Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea By Noah Andre Trudeau (Price: $35.00) Award-winning Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau has written a gripping, definitive new account that will stand as the last word on General William Tecumseh Sherman’s epic … Continue reading

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Common Soldiers and Slavery

I am a big fan of Chandra Manning’s book What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War. She was recently interviewed by Peter S. Carmichael for the Civil War Times in their August 2008, Vol. 47, … Continue reading

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Follow Up: “The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction”

In Mark E. Neely’s The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction he compares the War with Mexico with the Civil War in terms of the behavior of “volunteer” troops. Neely focuses on what he found to be the “brutal” … Continue reading

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Civil War Myth Busting?

I offer here two very different books on the Civil War, but both address what each author saw as “myths.” Mark E. Neely Jr. in his latest book The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction argues that the Civil War … Continue reading