Monthly Archive: May 2013

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First Battle of Bull Run Facts and Trivia

Also known as: First Manassas Date: July 21st, 1861 Location: Fairfax and Prince William Counties, Virginia Approximate troop strength: Union 28,450; Confederate 32,230 Commanders: Brigadier General Irvin McDowell (Union); Brigadier Generals Pierre Beauregard and...

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May 2013 Update on Alonzo Cushing Medal of Honor

Back in June of 2012, Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) introduced legislation that would have allowed Delafield, Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing to be awarded the Medal of Honor for...

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The 8th New Hampshire Infantry at Port Hudson

In May of 1863, as Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s army was advancing on Vicksburg, Mississippi, another Federal force was surrounding  the only other Confederate stronghold left on the Mississippi River at Port Hudson,...

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Richard Taylor Quick Facts

Name Meaning  Richard is of Old German origin and means “powerful leader”. Vital Stats Birthday:  January 27, 1826 Birth Name: Richard Taylor (often referred to as Dick Taylor) Birthplace: Louisville, Kentrucy Date of Death:...

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Visiting Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

During the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, Major General William T. Sherman generally preferred to outmaneuver and outflank his Confederate adversaries rather than attack entrenched positions head on. He made an exception at the Battle on...