Category Archives: Quotes

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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Killed at Resaca, by Ambrose Bierce

While fighting in the Civil War would cause some soldiers to turn and run, other soldiers were invigorated by battle. Thus it was with US Lieutenant Herman Brayle. As recounted by Ambrose Bierce, Brayle’s unit was assigned to the brigade the 9th Indiana … Continue reading

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Taking Leave with Sam Watkins

As we take leave, for Labor Day Weekend, let us take it with Sam Watkins – and learn by it.  While on an injured list, Watkin’s, of the 1st Tennessee Infantry, was in Montgomery, Alabama.  He first had eggs, fish … Continue reading

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Humming Missiles

“Suddenly a great bank of white smoke pushes upward from behind the wall. Another and another – a dozen roll up before the thunder of the explosions and the humming of the missiles themselves come bounding through clouds of dust … Continue reading

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An Infernal Infernal Canopy of Hissing Lead

Ambrose Bierce enlisted in Company C, 9th Indiana Volunteer Infantry on April 24, 1861.  He would fight in the Eastern Theater during the early months of the war.  At the Battle of Rich Mountain, he would receive favorable attention for … Continue reading

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Picket Duty at Perryville

“I stood picket in Perryville the night before the battle – a Yankee on one side of the street, and I on the other.  We got very friendly during the night, and made a raid on a citizen’s pantry, where … Continue reading

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Interesting quote on the Founding of the Confederacy

I just started what promises to be a very interesting book, “Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South,” by Stephanie McCurry.  The book’s title is self explanatory.  The following quote, on page 13, really struck me, “The … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant – Interesting Quote on the “Lost Cause”

I have just finished reading Joan Waugh’s new book on Ulysses S. Grant, “U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth.”  Released earlier this month, by The University Press of North Carolina, it has been a very interesting read.  A full review … Continue reading

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A Humorous Quote From the Mine Run Campaign – Or is it?

For the past week, I have been reading a very interesting new book on the history of the 121st New York Infantry.  By Salvatore G. Cilella, Jr., “Upton’s Regulars: The 121st New York Infantry in the Civil War,” details the … Continue reading

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US Colonel Ulric Dahlgren Quotes

I am in the process of finishing Eric Wittenberg’s newest book, “Like a Meteor Burning Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren.” This is the first biography of Dahlgren, who was killed during US Brigadier General Judson … Continue reading

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