Civil War

Articles on the American Civil War and the principle figures involved. Includes timelines and detailed descriptions.


overland campaign

The Overland Campaign

It’s 1864. Lincoln is re-elected, and Sherman’s March to the Sea obliterated the Confederacy’s industrial base. But work remains for General Grant. He must contend with his greatest foe, Robert E. Lee. Now that Grant was directing the operations of...
Civil War Casualties

Civil War Casualties In Lee’s Battles and Campaigns

CASUALTIES IN LEE’S BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS In their Attack and Die, McWhiney and Jamieson provided incomplete statistics on soldiers killed and wounded (not missing or captured) in Lee’s army and its opponents. In the Civil War Casualties they included, Lee’s army...
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battle of atlanta

The Battle of Atlanta

In the fall of 1864, the Union Army now had full momentum against the Confederacy, pushing deeper into the South than ever before. General Sherman overwhelmed forces led by John Bell Hood. With the fall of Atlanta, Lincoln nearly assured his re-election in 1864....
what if the south won the civil war

What If the South Won the Civil War?

What if the South Won the Civil War? Here’s a take on that quest from author H.W. Crocker  III. So just suppose that Abraham Lincoln had let the South go. What if he had said the following: We part as friends. We hope to reunite as friends. There will be no...
George Armstrong Custer

General George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876)

George Armstrong Custer, always known as Armstrong or Autie to his friends (or Fanny to his West Point classmates, in honor of his girlish golden curls), was the North’s equivalent of Stuart. At West Point, he wasn’t much for studying but he loved to ride and was...
Battle of Chattanooga

Battle of Chattanooga (Nov. 24-25, 1863)

The Background Battle of Chattanooga: In the background of Battle of Chattanooga – Rosecrans had performed badly at Chickamauga, fleeing the field. Grant sacked him and appointed the Rock of Chickamauga, General Thomas, to replace the Runner of Chickamauga....
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JEB Stuart

Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart (1833-1864)

There’s a special place in the Confederate pantheon for J.E.B. Stuart because he personified one of the archetypes of the South—the gay cavalier, who mocked danger, flirted with women, kept prayer book in hand, knew horseflesh, loved racing, and responded to the plink...
Philip Sheridan

Union General Philip Sheridan (1831-1888)

In physique Philip Sheridan was shaped like the Fighting Irish leprechaun of Notre Dame. He was only five feet five inches tall, mostly body with scant legs, long arms attached to ready fists, and slit eyes that burned defiance. Abraham Lincoln described Sheridan as...
Wade Hampton

Civil War Lt. General Wade Hampton (1818-1902)

Wade Hampton was to the manor born. One of the largest landholders in the South, educated in the Southern gentlemanly tradition, skilled with guns and horses, courtly with women, experienced in politics, one would expect that he was cut from the same scarlet cloak as...
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