Iron Brigader Blog


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...


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...


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.