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odds-making

150 years ago today black men voted for the first time in Tennessee. Ex-Confederates were still prohibited from voting. Republican Governor William G. Brownlow (Parson Brownlow) was re-elected by a large majority. From The New-York Times August 2, 1867: THE … Continue reading

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the five commandants

Pursuant to the first Reconstruction Act enacted in early March 1867, President Andrew Johnson was required to appoint a district commander for each of the five military districts that divided up the South. On March 11th the president appointed Generals … Continue reading

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shaming the abolitionists?

A Democrat publication wondered why, if over two million adult men voted for President Lincoln’s re-election, the President had to threaten a draft to come up with 300,000 more soldiers. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1864 or … Continue reading

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2 + 2

As Democrat paper in the Finger Lakes region of New York State absorbed a couple of the significant events that occurred 150 years this week – the Union victory at Nashville and President Lincoln’s call for 300,000 more volunteers – … Continue reading

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“virtual defeat”

A Democrat-leaning publication in upstate New York was skeptical about claims of a Union victory at the Battle of Franklin. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in December 1864: The Battle at Franklin. The battle of Franklin, Tenn., on … Continue reading

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“glorious victory”

The only extant cutting in the Seneca Falls, New York library’s big notebook of Civil War local newspaper clippings regarding the late November battles around Chattanooga is a reproduction of General Montgomery C. Meigs’ official report to Secretary of War … Continue reading

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virtual defeat

or virtual victory? I think I gave in to a little Yankee arrogance the other day when I noticed that Richmond seemed more in the dark about the battle at Chickamauga than the North. The New York Times apparently had … Continue reading

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St. Benedict (Arnold)

I don’t want to minimize the Civil War, but this story reminds me of modern sports fans trying to come to grips with losses by their favorite sports teams. How could it be? Here a southern newspaper deals with the … Continue reading

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Surrounded at Hyattstown

The last we saw of the 19th NY Volunteer Infantry it was encamped at Pleasant Valley, Maryland as part of General Banks’ army. During the month of August there was some grumbling in the 19th. Initially they had assumed that … Continue reading

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Papers, Rock, Scissored

We found out a couple days ago that the 19th NY Volunteer Infantry had arrived in Pleasant Valley, Maryland. General Nathaniel P. Banks, having taken command of Robert Patterson’s Union army, decided to move it north of the Potomac River. … Continue reading

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