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Historian of the Siege of Petersburg
Historian of the Siege of Petersburg

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The Resiliency, or Lack Thereof, of Confederate Railroads
As I searched for something else in "Sixth Corporal," James Eldred Phillips' history of Company G, 12th Virginia Infantry, I came across something that I found very interesting.  In late December 1864, he took the cars of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Poto...
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Please Pray for Dick Sommers
Please pray for Dick Sommers, author of the classic Richmond Redeemed.  He will be undergoing surgery tomorrow.
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Will the Real Private Stone of the 4th Vermont Infantry Please Stand Up?
Tonight I came across the following article about a Private Stone of the 4th Vermont Infantry, age eighteen, hailing from Windsor, Vermont.  It was in the Vermont Watchman and State Journal (Montpelier, Vermont), July 22, 1864, at page 2.       A private in...
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Vermont in the Civil War, Lest We Forget
Vermont may have more resources on the Civil War proportionately than any other state.  Its historical society is very helpful.  Another helpful resource is Vermont in the Civil War, Lest We Forget .  It is a very handy website with lots of information and ...
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A Joy of Scholarship
Dr. Cross relates the death of Sgt. Peter Donnelly of the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery at page 35 of his Melancholy Affair at the Weldon Railroad:  The Vermont Brigade, June 23, 1864 , mentioning only that the Confederate soldier who killed Donnelly wrote a ...
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General Meade in June and August, 1864
In The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864 , I pointed out General Meade's deficiency in personnel management.  He tended to overuse II Corps.  During the Fourth Offensive, he used II Corps twice; V, IX and X Corps once each; and XVIII Corps not at...
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Happy Burgess Mill Day!
It occurred to me this morning that if Lincoln had not won reelection and the North had consequently lost the Civil War, the little known Burgess Mill might well be considered one of the decisive battles of world history.  This is its anniversary, as well a...
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Help Transcribing William M. Horton Diary, June 21 and 22, 1864
I'd be very grateful for some help transcribing Private William M. Horton's diary for June 21 and 22, 1864, especially with the cross-writing. Here is what I have transcribed: June 21 Relieved after daylight, “We come up with the regt about 8
o’clock.  We e...
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A Really Helpful Website for Research
Here's a link to a really helpful website for research on the Civil War:  Civil War Diaries   This website currently has 1,022 diaries available for downloading.  Googling the diaries you use will usually be necessary to find out if there is also a reposito...
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Disappointments
Sad when a regimental history does not measure up to its predecessor.  Wilkinson's history of the 57th Massachusetts does not measure up to Anderson's.  Brandt's history of the 87th Pennsylvania does no measure up to Prowell's.
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