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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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Battle of South Mountain -149th Anniversary

Today, September 14, is the 149th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain. Part of the 1862 Maryland Campaign, it is more often than not overshadowed by the Battle of Antietam which followed three days later. With nearly 5,000 combined … Continue reading

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Battle of the Crater -147th Anniversary

Today, friends, is the 147th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater. Fought in the trenches of Petersburg, it is inevitably one of the greatest Federal blunders of the Civil War. While well conceived, the battle was lost due to … Continue reading

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Battle of First Bull Run -150th Anniversary

Today is the 150th anniversary of the first large scale battle of the American Civil War -First Bull Run – or as those friends of mine in the south would call it – First Manassas. Prior to this battle, many … Continue reading

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148th Anniversary of the conclusion of fighting at Gettysburg

Today is the 148th anniversary of the third day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. This battle was destined to become the epic battle in a war of epic battles: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Stones River, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold … Continue reading

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Antietam National Military Park -a photo essay

In late May 2011, I had the opportunity to swing by the Antietam National Battlefield Park while on a business trip. By the time I reached the park, the sun was already beginning to set, as it was nearing 7:30 … Continue reading

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Battle of Spotsylvania Court House winds down

One hundred forty-seven years ago the fighting at Spotsylvania Court House was winding down. Part of US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant’s Overland Campaign, it was a horrific series of battles. After fighting CSA General Robert E. Lee’s Army of … Continue reading

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U.S. Brigadier General James Shields (Soldier Profile series)

James Shields, Brigadier General U.S. Volunteers Birth Date: May 6, 1806 Birth Place: County of Tyrone, Ireland Date of Death: June 1, 1879 Location of Death: Ottumwa, Iowa Education: Studied Law in Illinois Military Experience: Mexican War, Civil War Major … Continue reading

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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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