Category Archives: Commissioned Officers

U.S. Major Sullivan Ballou (Soldier Profile series)

Sullivan Ballou, U.S. Major Birth Date: March 28, 1829 Birth Place: Smithfield, Rhode Island Date of Death: July 29, 1861 Location of Death: Manassas, Virginia Education: Brown University and National Law School Military Experience: Civil War Major Battles: First Battle … Continue reading

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U.S. Colonel Ezra A. Carman (Soldier Profile series)

Ezra Ayers Carman, U.S. Colonel Birth Date: February 27, 1834 Birth Place: Oak Tree, Middlesex County, New Jersey Date of Death: December 25, 1909 Location of Death: Washington City, District of Columbia Education: Kentucky Military Institute and University of Nashville … Continue reading

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US Colonel John C Black (Soldier Profile series)

One of my favorite Federal soldiers, from the Trans-Mississippi Theater, is US Lieutenant Colonel John C. Black of the 37th Illinois Infantry regiment. Black was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions storming a prepared Confederate position at the … Continue reading

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Alonzo H. Cushing, US Lieutenant (Soldier Profile Series)

Alonzo H. Cushing, US First Lieutenant Birth Date: January 19, 1841 Birth Place: Delafield, Wisconsin Date of Death: July 3, 1863 Location of Death: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Education: U.S. Military Academy at West Point – Class of 1861 Major Battles: First … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Civil War Trip – photo essay

This past August, I was in Massachusetts for a business trip. I started in Boston and ended up in the Springfield area. This gave me the opportunity to visit some historic cemeteries and G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) monuments. … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Last Letter Home

I hate being sappy.  It’s something I try to avoid.  However, after watching Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary, for the 100th time, yesterday, I find myself in the very sappy mood I loathe.  Towards the end of part one, Sullivan … Continue reading

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Eri Woodbury, First Lieutenant – 1st Vermont Cavalry

Eri D. Woodbury was born on May 30, 1837, to Henry Woodbury and Hannah Davidson Woodbury, at Francetown, New Hampshire.    He would enlist in the 1st Vermont Cavalry, on December 14, 1863, as a private in Company E.  Woodbury was a graduate … Continue reading

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John C. Black – Lieutenant Colonel 37th Illinois Infantry

With a short narrative of the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas I recently finished reading Professor William L. Shea’s newest book, “Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign.”  This is an excellent book on the little known Battle of Prairie … Continue reading

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CSA Colonel Joseph C. Pleasants – True Confederate Heroism

I have just about completed the newest Civil War title from William L. Shea, “Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign.”  As with other titles, from Shea, “Fields of Blood” is well researched and a very quick read.  Written about … Continue reading

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Seymour H. Hall – Captain Co. F 121st New York Infantry

Seymour “Hiram” Hall was born in Barkersville, New York on September 26, 1835.  Little is known of Hiram’s early life.  With the outbreak of the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln’s call for 75,000 state militia volunteers on April 15, 1861, … Continue reading

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