Category Archives: American Civil War

1862: “Long And Rapid Marches”

May 26, 1862 Within four weeks this army has made long and rapid marches, fought six combats and two battles, signally defeated the enemy in each one, captured several stands of colors, and pieces of artillery, with numerous prisoners, and … Continue reading

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Historic Gardening: Civil War Gardens

Gardens grow food or flowers. For this blog post – instead of getting into the agriculture of the crops and posies – I thought it might be more fun to share some stories about gardens during the Civil War. First, … Continue reading

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1862: “A Week Of Intense Excitement”

Danville, Va. May 17th, 1862 Saturday Morning …This has been a week of intense excitement all over our state & not the less so in this quiet town, for it has become so much of a rendezvous for refugees & … Continue reading

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1862: “Better Die Here…”

May 14th – Our army has fallen back to within four miles of Richmond. Much anxiety is felt for the fate of the city. Is there no turning point in this long lane of downward progress? Truly it may be … Continue reading

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1862: “Mud Took The Military Valor…”

…We encountered one of the most powerful allies of the enemy, particularly during the winter and spring campaigns in Virginia, – MUD. No country equals a Virginia road for mud. We struck it thick, and sometimes knee-deep. It was very … Continue reading

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1862: “The ‘Most Desperate Fight And Greatest Naval Achievement On Record’ “

New Orleans, April 27, 1862 We arrived here two days ago, after what was the ‘most desperate fight and greatest naval achievement on record,’ so every one says… [Describes running the ships through the fire of river forts] All this … Continue reading

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