Category Archives: Military Matters

blackberry brandy

a “sovereign balm” Diarrhea/dysentery was one of the major killing diseases for Civil War soldiers . 150 years ago this week New Yorkers were urged to contribute whatever blackberry products they could to help hospitals fight the sickness. From The … Continue reading

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“literally strewn with dead negroes”

The negroes fought quite well to-day, and charged, crying, “No quarter — remember Fort Pillow.” It appears that 150 years ago today Richmond had more up-to-date information about the Battle of the Crater than New York. From the Richmond Daily … Continue reading

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retaliation, reprisals

150 years ago today a rebel force burned much of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Here’s the intro from an article at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: On July 30, 1864, Confederate troops entered the south central Pennsylvania town of Chambersburg. Their … Continue reading

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pardon from the pres

Here’s a bit more about the New York First Veteran Cavalry from 150 years ago today. The commander-in-chief telegraphed Colonel Platner. From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven: TO COLONEL, FIRST N. Y. VETERAN CAVALRY. EXECUTIVE MANSION, … Continue reading

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raise ya 200,000

I kinda felt like I was at a card table with the most vigorous prosecutors of the war. From The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Seven: TELEGRAM TO GENERAL U.S. GRANT. EXECUTIVE MANSION, WASHINGTON, July 20, 1864. 4.30 … Continue reading

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strength and peace

150 years ago today President Lincoln

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convalescing

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invasion digest

A Democrat paper recapped Jubal Early’s July invasion. Lee had Grant stymied at Petersburg, so the Confederate force could drive north and achieve some well-defined objectives. By the time this article was published the rebels had already recrossed the Potomac. … Continue reading

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“natal day” blues

SENECA reported that the Union army got pushed out of the Shenandoah Valley again. On July 4th his New York 1st Veteran Cavalry was crossing the Potomac – in retreat, pursued by the rebels. From a Seneca County, New York … Continue reading

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disloyalty?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 12, 1864: Local matters. … Application for a discharge from military service. –Through his counsel, Hon. James Lyons and Gen. Geo. W. Randolph, R. D’Orsey Ogden, manager of the Richmond Theatre, made an application … Continue reading

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