Category Archives: Battles: Gettysburg

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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The Sherfy Farm Today

As it looked about this time last year from the approximate point at which Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade began its charge around 6 p.m. on July 2, 1863, the subject of historian Phillip Thomas Tucker’s new book. Tucker thinks Minutemen of … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy…

No descendant of a 13th Mississippi soldier or aficionado of the regiment could fail to be pleased and intrigued by historian Phillip Thomas Tucker’s new book Barksdale’s Charge: The True High Tide of the Confederacy at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s 150th

I’m not sorry to be missing Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary these next three days. Too much of the occasion will be taken up by reenactment events, which reenactment participants call “impressions.” But too many of the reenactors are too corpulent and … Continue reading

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A new, romantic view of General Barksdale

This is, by far, the most romantic idealization of Gen. William Barksdale that I’ve ever seen. Especially because of his hair, which here looks quite full on top. He was well-known, however, to be a bald man who wore a toupee when … Continue reading

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