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1863: “Full Of Guerrillas And Horse Thieves”

August 28, Friday. Walked to Sir John’s wife accompanying me part of the way. At the Martinsburg landing saw a young lady. This proved to be Belle Boyd, who saluted me respectfully and held out her hand, which I took … Continue reading

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1863: “How Completely Milroy Is Circumvented…”

Thursday night [March 5, 1863] I forgot to write last night; I was so busy getting my accounts right &c. &c. After prayer meeting I went to the Sutlers, & had a very successful time at Davis; he and Manning … Continue reading

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Breckinridge’s Old Sorrel

Recently, we’ve noted how horses built a commander’s reputation. For Confederate General John C. Breckinridge, his reputation as a battlefield commander in Virginia was enhanced by his horse – or more specifically by the color of his horse. It’s quite … Continue reading

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Ashby’s Tom Telegraph

  Turner Ashby served most his Civil War battles and skirmishes as a colonel, but he was promoted to brigadier general about two weeks before his death. Ashby is a controversial figure among some historians. However, I think it’s relatively … Continue reading

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Sheridan’s Rienzi

It’s not everyday that a horse is immortalized in patriotic poetry. Facts became legends when this horse and his general reached the battlefield at Cedar Creek in October 1864. Union General Philip Sheridan’s horse won lasting fame among soldiers, civilians, … 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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