Tag Archives: Civil War

Dice and cards

Faro, Monte, Chuck-a-luck, High ‘n Low. Such were the favored gambling games among Civil War soldiers in camp. Chess was also a favorite, as it has been for soldiers through the ages. As the war dragged on and prayer meetings … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Virginia

William H. Hill, a lawyer and the regiment’s quartermaster clerk, wrote in his diary on July 11, 1861: “Thursday. Our regiment left Union City in the cars of the Missouri and Ohio R.R. at dusk.” Col. Barksdale, alarmed by the … Continue reading

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Jess McLean’s invaluable history

Undeniably the most complete work in print about the regiment is Jess N. McLean Sr.’s so-called “Official Records.” They’re official insofar as they are muster rolls and orders and after-action reports. The book also contains excerpts from private diaries and … Continue reading

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