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John S. Mosby, George A. Custer and the Front Royal Executions of 1864

 In August 1864, Major General Phillip Sheridan launched a campaign to drive Confederate forces out of Virginia’s  Shenandoah Valley.  Sheridan organized his Army of the Shenandoah as it was called, in the northern end...

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Tennessee’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Tennessee was the last state to secede from the Union, holding off until June 8th 1861, or nearly two months after the war’s first shots were fired at Fort Sumter.  Eastern Tennessee had a...

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The Death of General Elon J. Farnsworth at Gettysburg

Elon J. Farnsworth was born in Michigan in 1837.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the 8th Illinois Cavalry as a 1st lieutenant.  He served as an aide to the...

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Shores of Tennessee

Ethel Lynn Beers (1827-1879) was a poet most famous for “All Quiet Along the Potomac,” which was originally published under the title “The Picket Guard” in “Harper’s Weekly” in November of 1861, bearing the initials E.B.  Nobody...

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The Civil War Navy’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration

The U.S. Navy played a vital role in the Civil War, and will be commemorating its part in the war during the upcoming Civil War Sesquicentennial.    Early in the conflict, the Navy set up...

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Old Abe the War Eagle: Mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry

Many Civil War units had mascots, but perhaps the most famous of these was Old Abe the War Eagle, the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry.  Old Abe was a bald eagle that not...

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Confederate Spy Belle Boyd Led a Colorful Life

Belle Boyd was born in Virginia and was a spy for the Confederate States in the Civil War. While on a speaking tour after the war, she died in Wisconsin and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Wisconsin Dells.