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Another take on President Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

Easy Plugin for AdSense by Unreal by Jeffrey S. Williams The son of a well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth was an accomplished actor by 1859 and was performing in Richmond, Virginia, in November of that year when he spontaneously joined … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history – President Abraham Lincoln Assassinated – April 14, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln knew that the possibility of his assassination was a constant possibility. In his desk drawer was an envelope marked “Assassination,” full of threats written to him during his administration. On the evening of Good Friday, 14 April … Continue reading

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Major General Patrick Ronayne Cleburne, CSA (1828-1864)

One of the more interesting and tragic figures of the Civil War, Pat Cleburne earned a fame that derived from four circumstances: his Irish birth, his remarkable effectiveness as a division commander in the Army of Tennessee, his proposal in … Continue reading

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1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing (USA) 1841-1863 – Medal of Honor Recipient

Alonzo Hereford Cushing was born on Jan. 19, 1841, in Delafield, Wisconsin, and was raised in Fredonia, New York. Cushing was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1857. Upon graduation in June 1861, … Continue reading

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Biography: Major General Thomas Green, CSA (1814-1864)

Born in southwestern Virginia, Tom Green moved at a young age with his family to middle Tennessee. Like many Southerners of his generation, Green traveled to Texas to participate in its revolution against Mexico in 1835-1836. He participated as a … Continue reading

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Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew, C.S.A. (1828-1863)

James Johnston Pettigrew was born on 4 July 1828 at Bonarva, the Tyrrell County, North Carolina, plantation of his parents, Ebenezer and Ann Blount Shepard Pettigrew. Young Pettigrew was called Johnston by his friends and family. He was a phenomenally … Continue reading

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Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 October 1837 into great wealth with interlocking kinship ties to the Brahmin families of Forbes, Parkman, Cabot, Lodge, Hunnewell, Sturgis, and Lowell, Robert Gould Shaw had a privileged childhood. His parents insisted on perfectionist … Continue reading

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Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863) C.S.A.

Thomas Jonathan Jackson was known as “Stonewall,” but “the Christian soldier” would have been a more appropriate title. his military experience was in artillery, yet he excelled as a commander of infantry. Soldiers adored him, despite the fact that he … Continue reading

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Ulysses Simpson Grant – 18th U.S. President and General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army (1822-1885)

Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, he unprotestingly accepted the clerical error changing his name to Ulysses Simpson Grant when he entered West Point in 1839. His new name, U.S. Grant, lent itself to his Old Army nickname, Uncle Sam Grant, or … Continue reading

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Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman, C.S.A. (Jan. 18,1816- May 16,1863)

Born near Claiborne, Maryland, on 18 January 1816, Lloyd Tilghman graduated from West Point in 1836. He decided not to become a professional soldier and resigned from the service. His only active military duty came during the Mexican War (1846-1848), … Continue reading

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