Author Archives: Michael Noirot

About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.

Battle of Stones River – 150th Anniversary

Today is the 150th anniversary of the sanguinary Battle of Stones River. This tragic battle occurred just north of the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee when the Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanded by General Braxton Bragg, attacked the Federal Army of … Continue reading

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Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – 148th Anniversary

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the sanguinary Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Part of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, the fight at Kennesaw Mountain was forced on US Major General William T. Sherman as he continually pushed the Confederate Army of … Continue reading

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Battle of Fort Donelson – 150th Anniversary

Today is a significant day in American history. 150 years ago today, US Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant received the surrender of CSA Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner’s Confederate garrison at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. This was one of several significant … Continue reading

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Remembering Abraham Lincoln

Today is the 203d birthday of our 16th U.S. president – Abraham Lincoln. I have been fascinated with Lincoln for as long as I can remember and have read extensively about his life, presidency and death. This past week I … Continue reading

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Review: The Confederate Heartland, by Bradley R. Clampitt

I recently received a review copy of the new book, “The Confederate Heartland: Military and Civilian Morale in the Western Confederacy.” The author, Bradley R. Clampitt, is an assistant professor of history at East Central University in Oklahoma. Based on … Continue reading

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ThisMightyScourge is back online!

I wanted to let everyone know that my blog has been repaired. The malware has been removed, the database repaired and WordPress updates have been applied. Over the coming days, I will return to publishing regular posts and reviews. Thank … Continue reading

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Why no posts?

Dear friends, I am sure you are probably wondering why I have not posted recently. It is not due to a waning interest in writing. It is due to the fact that my blog was hacked a couple of months … Continue reading

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Fort Fisher State Historic Site – a photo essay

Early in the Civil War, Wilmington, North Carolina was recognized as an important port by the Confederate government. To protect the port, CSA Major Charles P. Bolles began construction of Fort Fisher in the spring of 1861. The original plans … Continue reading

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Arlington National Cemetery Redux -a photo essay

Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for many of our nation’s most cherished HEROES. Its history dates back to the Civil War when the U.S. Government foreclosed on the estate of CSA General Robert E. Lee. Overlooking Washington … Continue reading

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Hunter H. McGuire – Chief Surgeon 2d Corps Army of Northern Virginia (Soldier Profile Series)

C.S.A. Chief Surgeon Hunter H. McGuire Birth Date: October 11, 1835 Birth Place: Winchester, Virginia Date of Death: September 19, 1900 Location of Death: Richmond, Virginia Education: Winchester Medical College Military Experience: United States Civil War Major Battles: Served as a … Continue reading

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