Category Archives: Military Matters

out with a lion

Many of the articles in the Seneca Falls public library notebook of Civil War clippings have the month and year handwritten in ink on them. The following has the complete date. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper on March … Continue reading

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plus … and minus

The army reported on the number of troops it added from January 1863. A Democrat publication said the net gain needed to be adjusted for re-enlistments and lost men. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in March 1864: The … Continue reading

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rebel strength

As the undoubted spring campaign approached, a northern journalist tried to ascertain the rebel strength. He came up with numbers in all the southern armies and suggested that “Anaconda” might be squeezing the South into much greater self-reliance. From a … Continue reading

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potpourri

150 years ago this month a grab bag of miscellaneous news was dominated by the war. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in March 1864: News Miscellany. No less than 500 of our prisoners in Richmond died during February. … Continue reading

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civil war

150 years ago today a Southern newspaper looked to the American Revolutionary War to find a general who knew the polite way to wage a war of subjugation. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch March 26, 1864: Two extracts from revolutionary … Continue reading

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snowball’s chance in Dalton?

Pretty good in March 1864: It is written: “On rare occasions it snowed and like children released from school, the troops treated any snowfall as an occasion for play. On March 22 dawn revealed a fresh 5 inches of new … Continue reading

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pledge passive allegiance?

After endorsing B.F. Butler for the United States presidency because he was the biggest thief among the candidates, the Richmond Daily Dispatch of March 21, 1864 published the following exchange of letters between General Butler and a Virginia schoolteacher: Butler … Continue reading

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reprieve

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in March 1864: SENTENCED TO BE SHOT. – At a recent court martial, presided over by Capt. Winfield Scott, of the 126th Regiment, private Chas. Audler, of the 108th Regiment, was tried, convicted, … Continue reading

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more men for Mars

in the martial month of March This Democrat paper in the Finger Lakes region sure didn’t wear rose-colored glasses as it responded to President Lincoln’s March 14, 1864 call for 200,000 more men for the military. From a Seneca County, … Continue reading

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those slanderous, intriguing Republicans

The following two articles were part of the same clipping in the Civil War notebook at the Seneca Falls public library. The Democrat newspaper criticized some Republican journals for slandering General McClellan and admitted that General Grant might possibly have … Continue reading

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