Author Archives: Dick Stanley

About Dick Stanley

Retired daily newspaperman

The Confederate Memorial at Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery, where the murdered President Kennedy is buried, along with thousands of American military careerists and a comparatively few war heroes who get most of the place’s publicity, has a little-known Confederate side. “For many years following the war, … Continue reading

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Separate Tables, Please

For generations, Americans basically had one prominent painting/lithograph of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. The work of Louis Mathieu Guillaume, which was sold at National Park Service bookstores, it showed General Lee sitting amicably at the same table with … Continue reading

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The Guns of 1864

It’s worth remembering, in this sesquicentennial year of the war, that in 1864, as the May issue of the American Rifleman magazine puts it “more and more repeating rifles—[seven-shot] Spencers and ‘sixteen shooter’ Henrys—made their way into Union units. “The South was … Continue reading

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God’s Red Clay

Elaine F. Boatin, a great grandaughter of Private John Nicholas Ford of the Minutemen of Attala, is a distinguished novelist and short story writer whose work is published under the name Elaine Ford. She is finishing a new historical novel … Continue reading

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Dixie & The Bonnie Blue Flag

This is the music and the way it was played, i.e. by a brass band, that the men of the 13th heard  before, during and even after the war for the ones who had survived. Nowadays Political Correctness has pretty … Continue reading

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Praise for The Bloody Thirteenth

Elaine F. Boatin, a retired University of Maine literature and writing professor, recently posted a review of our new regimental history on its sales page at Amazon. She is a descendant of the regiment’s Private John Nicholas Ford: “First, a … Continue reading

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Digital regimental now in paperback and ebook

A 366-page paperback narrative of this digital regimental is now available for sale at Amazon here, and also here as an ebook. Both contain some additional material not found in this Web version but otherwise are faithful reproductions of it. The title … Continue reading

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Cooking in one pot

You might have a hard time imagining how creative one could be cooking with one pot or skillet over an open fire—no matter how creative you were in scrounging up the makin’s from sometimes pitifully small rations. Comes Clarissa Clifton to help … Continue reading

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