Category Archives: Military Matters

vandals?

A Democratic-leaning paper in upstate New York was not quite so enamored of total war in Georgia as The New-York Times appeared to be in its Thanksgiving day issue. Presumably the rebels would soon resist the Union army with a … Continue reading

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small world

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1864: PRISONERS HEARD FROM. – The following is an extract from a letter written by Mr. Lewis DeMott, of this village (now in hospital at Annapolis, Md.) to his wife, under … Continue reading

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risks of intercourse

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 30, 1864: From Petersburg. During the past two days a good deal of unimportant skirmishing and cannonading has taken place on the Petersburg lines. About one o’clock on Monday, our troops on General Mahone’s … Continue reading

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“the eager, hungry glare”

A local paper reprinted part of a very long report in the November 26, 1864 issue of The New-York Times that detailed the bad condition of exchanged Union soldiers. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper on December 8, 1864: … Continue reading

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shrapnel

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 22, 1864: Killed in Bed by a shell. –During Sunday night, forty-one shots were fired at the city of Charleston, and on Monday, thirty-one, up to 6 P. M. A man and wife, named … Continue reading

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“Our pits are in an awful condition”

A young man from Seneca County enlisted for one year in August 1864. Instead of the regiment he signed up for, he was sent to the “Orange Blossoms” from downstate. He was finding picket duty in front of Petersburg pretty … Continue reading

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between God and the people

150 years ago today The New-York Times wasn’t sure where Sherman’s army was headed, but it knew he was sweeping and destroying. It published a table of distances for possible destinations and reprinted an article from the November 18th Cincinnati … Continue reading

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flag presented

A widow gave a regiment’s flag to a local Masonic Lodge. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in November 1864: FLAG PRESENTATION. – The Observer says the beautiful Silk Flag, made and presented, fresh and new, by the ladies … Continue reading

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Georgia quiet

There hadn’t been much news from Georgia in recent days. A Richmond paper tried to guess what that meant. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch November 12, 1864: Saturday Morning…november 12, 1864. The War News. … Georgia. There has been no … Continue reading

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campaign mission

Two newspapers are definitely represented in the big notebook of Civil War clippings at the Seneca Falls, New York public library: the Seneca Falls Reveille, still published with a different name today, and the Seneca County Courier, which was published … Continue reading

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