Category Archives: American Civil War

1862: “There Are About 450 Men With Our Regiment Now”

Near Snickers Gap, Va. Wednesday Nov 5th, 1862 Dear Sister I received your letter of Oct 26th last Saturday and now will try to answer it. I received a letter from Anne last Thursday. I will try to answer it … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 1862: A Civil War Soldier’s Holiday

Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday by proclamation in 1863 when he urged Americans to set aside the last Thursday of November as a day of thanksgiving. (President Franklin D. Roosevelt later made it the fourth Thursday of … Continue reading

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Blockade Runners: Running The Confederate Economy?

It’s the post that some of my readers have been waiting for… Let’s talk about Blockade Runners’ role in the Confederate economy and their economic impact. These unarmed merchant vessels – owned privately or by the state or Confederate governments … Continue reading

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1862: “The People Are All Very Kind”

November 2, 1862 I am in most magnificent health, growing fatter every day. I went today with the Gen. & rest to the Episcopal Church in Berryville. Mr. Luter preached a very good sermon and the girls all were dressed … Continue reading

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Blockade Runners: Technology At Work

I don’t know how you envision blockade runners, but I know before I started studying I assumed they were sailing ships. I don’t really know why I thought that, and it was quite a learning revolution as I started exploring … Continue reading

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1862: “You Could Scarcely Believe The Number Of Wounded”

October 23, 1862  …You could scarcely believe the number of wounded that have passed through & remained in Winchester since the Sharpsburg battle. Many, Many sick are dying here, I fear to say how many were buried today. The ladies … Continue reading

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