Category: War

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The Death of General John Reynolds at Gettysburg

Lancaster, Pennsylvania native John F. Reynolds was a West Point graduate and instructor at that institution when the Civil War began. Initially, he was the Lieutenant Colonel of the 14th U.S. Infantry, but was...

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The Destruction of the CSS Virginia May 1862

Following the historic clash between the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack)  on March 9th, 1862, Virginia returned to port in Norfolk, Virginia for repairs and refitting.   Besides repairing battle damage,...

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The Capture of Fort Henry, Tennessee February 1862

In the fall of 1861, Captain Jesse Taylor accepted command of the artillery at Fort Henry, a Confederate garrison on the Tennessee River near the Kentucky–Tennessee border. The Tennessee flows from eastern Tennessee southwest into...

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Magnificent Hetty Cary: Betsy Ross of the South

One of the more prominent socialites and colorful characters in Richmond society during the Civil War was displaced Marylander Hetty Cary. A descendant of Thomas Jefferson, Cary was born near Baltimore in 1836, and was...