‘I Will Soon Be Home Once Again’

May 28, 1865 (Sunday) Camp 133 Regt New York Vols Fort Meigs Md May 28 1865 Dear Sister Cate I will soon be home once again I think the Regt will leave for New York the first of next week and it will take about three weeks to get mustard out and then I willRead More

Are Such Men Fit to Be at Liberty?

May 18, 1865 (Thursday) On this date, another letter was sent to President Andrew Johnson. Like the previous one, it was filled with violent threats. This one, however, streamed from the North rather than the South. Dear President Sir I do feel unworthy to write to you, but because the trouble We have out NorthRead More

‘All the Horrors of the Final Conflagration’ – The Federals Enter Richmond

April 3, 1865 (Monday) From the memoirs of Sallie A. Brock: As the sun rose on Richmond, such a spectacle was presented as can never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. To speed destruction, some malicious and foolish individuals had cut the hose in the city. The fire was progressing with fearful rapidity. TheRead More

“Blue Pill is a Good Man” – Lt. Col. Lyman’s Short Fight with Malaria

September 9, 1864 (Friday) As most who study the Civil War for even the shortest lengths of time eventually learn, there was more to it than bullets and politics. There was also illness. Two-thirds of the men who died in the war died from disease. That means that roughly 450,000 soldiers died not from battle,Read More

There is No Peace on Earth – Christmas Day, 1863

December 25, 1863 (Christmas Day) Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South, And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will toRead More

Lincoln’s Retaliation Proclamation a Stern Warning to the South

July 30, 1863 (Thursday) Through much of the beginning of the war, President Lincoln believed the nation to not be quite ready for black soldiers. By this time, of course, that was a distant memory. Ready or otherwise, the United States had armed both free and escaped blacks, placing them in their own segregated regiments,Read More

The Richmond Women’s Bread Riot

The Confederate army and cause were victorious upon the field of battle throughout much of 1862, culminating in the resounding victory at Fredericksburg in December. But the winter of 1863 had been an undeniably harsh one, especially to the women left behind by those fighting the war. Nowhere was this felt more than in Richmond.Read More

Lincoln Calls Upon the Nation to Beg God’s Forgiveness

March 30, 1863 (Monday) Thus far in the war, President Abraham Lincoln had called for the nation to set aside two different days for fasting and prayer. The first, immediately after the humbling battles of First Bull Run and Wilson’s Creek, was done so at the request of Congress. Lincoln wanted the nation to “recognizeRead More

Deep South Governors Call Upon Richmond; Mac & Halleck to their Wives; Confederate Canadians?

Feeling forgotten, four southern governors call out Davis. Meanwhile, both Generals McClellan and Halleck confide in their wives. In Canada, a pro-Union newspaper is attacked by pro-Confederate New Brunswickers. [July 28. 1862]

The Great Locomotive Chase!

April 12, 1862 (Saturday) The General, a steam locomotive pulling two passengers cars, a mail car and three boxcars, left Atlanta, Georgia at 4am, chuffing north on its way to Chattanooga. By the schedule, she would reach the Tennessee city in a little less than twelve hours. In most respects, it was a typical dayRead More