Category Archives: Western Theater

Battles of the Civil War – Civil War Battles Graphic

Here, from the Civil War Trust, is a great graphic showing the tragic casualty toll of the civil war battle by battle along with other information: Brought to you by The Civil War Trust

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Vanishing Footprints: The Twenty-Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War

Just received my copy of Vanishing Footprints: The Twenty-Second Iowa Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War by Samuel D. Pryce and edited by Jeffry C. Burden (Press of the Camp Pope Bookshop, 2008). Just looking through it I am excited … Continue reading

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Kentucky Teachers Oath to Union, 1864

I spend too much time on ebay, and of late youtube (which is obvious). But it does pay off. I just found this oath for teachers from Kentucky (1864) on ebay, and thought it interesting enough to share: Teachers Oath … Continue reading

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Battle at Bayou Cache

Semi-centennial History of the Illinois State Normal University, 1857-1907, “THE SCHOOL AND THE WAR,” BY JOHN H. BURNHAM, CLASS OF l861, (1907). John A. Burnham, who was a member of the 33rd Illinois from Normal, provides an interesting account of … Continue reading

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Civil War KIA Notification Letter: The Good Death

I haven’t seen a lot of these, and of the few I have, this one is a fairly representative one. I am not aware of the practice of writing KIA letters as a prominent occurrence, especially by the year 1863. … Continue reading

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The Last Great Battle of the Civil War, Fort Blakely and the Mobile Campaign: Part II

The assault on Fort Blakely was the last significant battle of the Civil War and that in and of itself makes it an important historical event. However, there is a subplot to the battle that perhaps takes on an even … Continue reading

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The Last Great Battle of the Civil War, Fort Blakely and the Mobile Campaign: Part 1

On April 9, 1865, Mobile, Ala., was the scene of the last significant fighting of the Civil War. As a primer for my soon to be published book, I will be making a series of posts about the Union’s Mobile … Continue reading

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Vicksburg Surrenders Letter

Over the next couple of months until the my book comes out, I am going to be posting bits and pieces of letters from members of the 11th Wisconsin that did not make it into my book. Some portions or … Continue reading

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Unknown Soldier (Regiment) Letter

Came across this letter on ebay and was attempting to list it on SoldierStudies.org, but have not been able to as to the lack of a regiment assignment for this soldier. This is what I know: his name is probably … Continue reading

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The Talest Billy Yank

I came across an article detailing the demographics of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment and noticed that they had a soldier nicknamed “Infant.” Though he was no infant in height, standing 6 feet 8 1/4 inches. I knew that he was … Continue reading

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