Category Archives: Battles: Gettysburg

Another charging Barksdale

Seems unlikely Gen. B would lead a charge with his hat, as this painting by Western artist Gary Lynn Roberts has it. But there have been other fanciful notions about him. More troubling would be his rather short hair on … Continue reading

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Reprise: Marching and Countermarching

Thursday, July 2, 1863, was clear and warm, according to Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill: “General Lee brought all of his forces up this morning in front of the enemy. Both parties skirmished all the morning.” Barksdale’s Brigade could … Continue reading

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The Bradley brothers at Gettysburg

The Civil War blog Battlefield Back Stories has a poignant tale of the Bradley brothers, John and George, who were killed at Gettysburg. Both had started out in the Winston Guards of Louisville, Mississippi, as had their younger brother, Joseph, … Continue reading

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Mollie L. Campbell Nash

Minutemen of Attala Private Nimrod Newton Nash’s wife Mollie L. Campbell whom he married in 1855. She was the principal recipient of most of his good letters which lend so much verisimilitude to The Bloody Thirteenth and an understanding of the … Continue reading

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Catch your hat full of grapeshot

The yellowish tinge to the iron balls of this canister round fired by 12-pounder Napoleon cannon is from the sawdust they were packed in. You can see at a glance how badly a body could be torn by these things … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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“…a good tactical history…”

TOCWOC’s review of Phillip Thomas Tucker’s new Barksdale’s Charge is more than complimentary. “This is a detailed history of the men that charged and those who stopped them. The author lets them tell the story with extensive quotes from their letters and … Continue reading

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Where Gen. Barksdale died

Gen. William Barksdale was wounded several times near Plum Run on the Gettysburg battlefield in the late evening of July 2, 1863. He was carried to this home of shoemaker Jacob Hummelbaugh on Cemetery Ridge by several Union soldiers who’d … Continue reading

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