The American Civil War Experience: Death and Injury on the Battlefield – 1
Dead soldier_Ewell's Corp

I previously posted a piece on the impact of disease on soldiers in the Civil War [see “The American Civil War Experience: Lice, Disease and Quinine” ]. The following discusses the other side of death during the war, the experience on the battlefield. Please be aware the the following is very graphic. Battle injuries in the civil […]

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The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History
Battle of the Crater

Title: The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History Author: John F. Schmutz Published on: 2009-01-19, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers Binding: Hardcover 428 pages ISBN-10: 0786439823 ISBN-13: 978-078643982 I have happily received a review copy of John F. Schmutz’s The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History. I can be counted among those whose […]

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Review of History Shots – History of the Union Army, American Civil War 1861 – 1865
Zoom of The History of the Union Army

Larry Gormley of History Shots kindly agreed to let me review the series of “information graphics” he has created that focus on military history. This post begins a brief series that I’ll do on all three, two depicting information about the opposing armies in the American Civil War: History of the Union Army and History […]

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Excellent Description of the 2nd Battle of Corinth in "The State of Jones"

In June 6th’s post I mentioned I was reading a review copy of The State of Jones: The Small Southern County That Seceded from the Confederacy by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer. This update: their description of the Battle of Corinth is outstanding, albeit gruesome. I will file the book in numerous places on my […]

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Civil War High Tech: Excavating the Hunley and Monitor from MIT World

Always on the hunt for opportunities to inform my understanding of history, I’ve hit a gold mine. In addition to my fascination with the Civil War, I am equally passionate about maritime history and am a degreed engineer. Those three fields of study converge in a fascinating symposium hosted by the DeepArch Research Group in […]

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On the Civil War's Last Veterans, Wives, and Stats

While in search of documentation for Civil War statistics, I discover the Fact Sheet: American Wars published in November 0f 2007 by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides the following: It lists the last Union veteran as Albert Woolson (right) who died August 2 1956 at age 109.  He was a member of Company […]

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Sobering Numbers

As I was finishing up my reading on the American Revolution this evening, I learned the following regarding the percentage of the American population killed in several of our wars. 1st place:  Civil War  – 1.6 %  of population killed 2nd place: American Revolution – 1.0 % of population killed By contrast, 0.06 % of […]

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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

Pamela Cortland at Alfred A. Knopf Publishing (an imprint of the Knopf Publishing Group at Random House) has given me the opportunity to review on Wig Wags what looks like a fascinating book. I should have it in hand by early next week but wanted to go ahead and make a quick comment. Format: Hardcover, 368 pages On […]

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Death and Injury on the Battlefield – Part I

On November 24th, I posted a piece on the impact of disease on soldiers in the Civil War [see “On Lice, Disease and Quinine” here]. The following discusses the other side of death during the war, the experience on the battlefield. Please be aware the the following is very graphic. [Photo to left: One of Ewell’s Corps […]

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