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Military History Word of the Day – Salient

Military History Word of the Day – Salient

salient ˈsālyənt; -lēənt n. 1. a piece of land or section of fortification that juts out to form an angle. 2. an outward bulge in a line of military attack or defense. (see example below) The word “salient” is used frequently in John F. Schmutz’s The...
On Geography Lessons and Civil War Cartography

On Geography Lessons and Civil War Cartography

– The highlight of the first five chapters of Two Great Rebel Armies by Richard M. McMurray was hands down the lesson on geography. This is, I fear, an area that receives too little emphasis in our study of the war. Particularly interesting was the reference to...
Solving a Civil War Photograph Mystery

Solving a Civil War Photograph Mystery

The Library of Congress has a new entry in their always fascinating Civil War Photographs section. They challenge the authenticity of the photo above which the owner of the copyright, Levin C. Handy (1855-1932) and nephew of Mathew Brady, claims to be General Grant at...