Books for class arrive! Civil War Command and Leadership
Books

Ah… the “ding dong” of the door and the Amazon boxes thump against the door. Love it. Full disclosure…I had to get some of these from resellers. Here’s the stack. Note I bought the full three volume version of Lee’s Lieutenants (Vol 3 not pictured here).  All books on the list can be seen on […]

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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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Stephen Woodworth to Teach Civil War Command and Leadership
Steven Woodworth

I just registered for my next course: Civil War Command and Leadership. Here’s a quick summary: “a study of national, theater, and operational command structures of the Union and Confederacy, the leadership styles of key military leaders on both sides, and the evolution of command and control in the war. Major themes include the relationship […]

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The Rebel and the Rose
TheRebelandtheRose

I was pleased to recently receive a review copy of the book The Rebel and the Rose: James Semple, Julia Gardiner Tyler, and the Lost Confederate Gold. Its authors, Wesley Millett and Gerald White, are profiled on the book’s attractive website here. The book is currently published by Turner Publishing Company. It promises insight into […]

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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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Military History Word of the Day: "Refuse"
McClellan

Refuse Military. to bend or curve back (the flank units of a military force) so that they face generally to the flank rather than the front. refuse. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/refuse (accessed: August 08, 2009). It is not surprising that McClellan did not immediately decide to employ his left wing under Franklin […]

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Staff Ride Guide – Battle of Antietam

via history.army.mil Informative read about the Battle of Antietam prepared as a “Staff Ride Guide” by Ted Ballard, CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY, UNITED STATES ARMY. This assisted, among other things, with my understanding of artillery and particularly how units were organized who supported the guns. Interesting factoids from page 83 -84 (note this entire book […]

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Gettysburg: The Film, The Books, The Battle

Each July we bring out the film Gettysburg and watch it in a couple of sittings. (My husband can’t wait for the four plus hour epic to come out in Blu-ray.) I’ll be the first to admit that it’s more than a bit hokey here and there but the scene of the defense of Little […]

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American Civil War Artillery Demonstration, Antietam National Park

via posterous.com Excellent demonstration of how a gun crew handled artillery during the American Civil War can be seen below. Antietam Artillery Demonstration Ranger Mannie Gentile has become an excellent film maker. His blog, My year of living Rangerously, remains one of my favorites. Posted via web from Rene Tyree’s Lifestream

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Attack and Die

Currently reading… Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage by Grady McWhitney and Perry D. Jamieson. Incredible statistics describing the carnage resulting from Confederate offensives against fortified positions.

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Photo of Lt. General Grant's Fascinating Staff at Center Point, Virginia

I ran across this excellent photo of Grant’s staff pictured below in City Point, Virginia on the Army Heritage Collection Online site. According to the writing on the matting, included are: 1st Lieut. William McKee Dunn, Jr. (seated left), Lt. Col. E. S. Parker (larger man seated to left of door), and Lt. Col. Theodore […]

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