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Weapons of the Civil War > Ironclads - Not what you expect (12 replies - 5234 views)

If you can get a copy of PVT Robert Sneeden's "In the Eye of the Storm" he drew some nice watercolors of what he saw ...   Mon Jan 23rd, 2012 12:14 pm

General Civil War Talk > the real turning point in the war (42 replies - 10317 views)

That's an excellent point Hank. I never thought about it that way. For good or ill, the Federals used a lot of the ...   Fri Jan 20th, 2012 05:17 pm

General Civil War Talk > the real turning point in the war (42 replies - 10317 views)

I agree csamiller. I think the loss of the Ohio River defense line and then the Tennessee River defense line were devastating to the ...   Thu Jan 19th, 2012 01:33 pm

General Civil War Talk > the real turning point in the war (42 replies - 10317 views)

I'm mostly in full agreement with you csamiller, though I am curious as to why people consider Vicksburg such a strategic point. Actually, I ...   Thu Jan 19th, 2012 12:34 pm

Other People of the Civil War > J.E.B Stuart (11 replies - 3391 views)

I think the biggest reason was Stuart's recent near-defeat at the battle of Brandy Station in early June. His cavalry was completely surprised by ...   Tue Jan 17th, 2012 01:18 am

Introductions > New member from NY (2 replies - 1567 views)

Welcome! The papers of Peter B. Porter and Peter Augustus Porter are housed in the Buffalo and Erie County Historical society. You might ...   Mon Jan 16th, 2012 12:53 pm

Other Civil War Talk > Famous Regiments (14 replies - 5025 views)

I came across a regimental nickname that I liked the other day in E.H. Rhodes's journal: The 37th Massachusetts Regiment "is a new ...   Fri Jan 13th, 2012 07:09 pm

Civil War Books > Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (11 replies - 4408 views)

Well said TD. Mark ...   Sat Jan 7th, 2012 07:26 pm

Civil War Books > Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson (11 replies - 4408 views)

Yes, I've read it. I think the few people who dislike it are those who take issue with his argument that the war came ...   Sat Jan 7th, 2012 03:33 pm

General Civil War Talk > Lincoln and Davis (3 replies - 1421 views)

You bring up an interesting point with respect to the legislative bodies, Mildman. Lincoln certainly benefited from a two party system in the North. ...   Thu Jan 5th, 2012 09:25 pm

General Civil War Talk > Lincoln and Davis (3 replies - 1421 views)

Since we like to do counterfactuals here, I got this as a question on a semester exam once. "How would the Civil War have ...   Wed Jan 4th, 2012 02:24 pm

Other Civil War Talk > Civil War Apps (2 replies - 1596 views)

I got an iphone for Christmas and am wondering if anyone has found any good Civil War related apps that I ought to download. Mark ...   Mon Jan 2nd, 2012 01:20 pm

General Civil War Talk > Lee and Jackson (25 replies - 5436 views)

I think a great general understands and leverage his strengths against his opponent's weaknesses. Grant proved quite adept at maneuver and combined arms tactics ...   Sun Jan 1st, 2012 11:48 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Rail fence during Pickett's charge (15 replies - 7502 views)

I think it made more of a psychological difference than a physical difference. The rail fence itself is not going to soak up many ...   Fri Dec 30th, 2011 11:44 am

Other Civil War Talk > Famous Regiments (14 replies - 5025 views)

I think you nailed it Hellcat. The 20th ME at Little Round Top was an interesting side-note to the battle before Michael Shaara and ...   Tue Dec 27th, 2011 11:32 am

The Battle of Shiloh > Hornet's Nest (11 replies - 5803 views)

I think they went too far in their conclusions to make the show relevant. Nobody in the past 150 years has made that claim. ...   Mon Dec 26th, 2011 08:44 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Southern Victory at Gettysburg (38 replies - 18229 views)

Without having done any research, he may have been ordered to observe the war in general, and just decided that the Confederate side was a ...   Sat Dec 10th, 2011 01:12 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Southern Victory at Gettysburg (38 replies - 18229 views)

I am wondering, are we thinking too much about tactics and not enough about logistics? Does anyone know what the ANVs supply situation was ...   Tue Dec 6th, 2011 11:43 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Southern Victory at Gettysburg (38 replies - 18229 views)

Ok Hellcat, I think I see where we disagree. I'm assuming that a Confederate victory at Gettysburg would likely have not have totally destroyed ...   Tue Dec 6th, 2011 11:36 am

Battle of Gettysburg > Southern Victory at Gettysburg (38 replies - 18229 views)

Forced an end to the war, how? Lincoln was not going to negotiate under any terms other than restoration of the Union. That ...   Mon Dec 5th, 2011 11:33 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Southern Victory at Gettysburg (38 replies - 18229 views)

In regards to the northern militia, they didn't need to actually fight a battle with the ANV to be effective. Just by burning the ...   Sun Dec 4th, 2011 04:48 pm

Battle of Gettysburg > Southern Victory at Gettysburg (38 replies - 18229 views)

If the previous experience of the AOP is any indicator, the Yanks would have rallied near Baltimore and tens of thousands of New York and ...   Sun Dec 4th, 2011 11:12 am

Weapons of the Civil War > Canister (11 replies - 6809 views)

I think you are right Albert. That is why a smart commander always gave his batteries support from infantry. The best use of ...   Fri Dec 2nd, 2011 08:55 pm

General Civil War Talk > Corporal duties (3 replies - 3562 views)

From the 1865 edition of the Customs of service: "The duties of a corporal are simple and depend for their successful performance mainly upon ...   Fri Dec 2nd, 2011 05:43 pm

Other Eastern Theater > honey hill (10 replies - 4691 views)

Thanks for the link Pender. I got my numbers from Noah Trudeau, "Like Men of War" but I didn't look up where he got ...   Fri Dec 2nd, 2011 02:33 am

Weapons of the Civil War > Canister (11 replies - 6809 views)

I think part of the problem is that its hard to tell the difference between a canister wound and a gunshot wound. Canister is ...   Fri Dec 2nd, 2011 02:29 am

Other Eastern Theater > honey hill (10 replies - 4691 views)

It would be one of the most lopsided (my sources estimated about 150-200 Confederate casualties). Terrible Union generalship and the fact that the USCT ...   Thu Dec 1st, 2011 12:22 pm

General Civil War Talk > Do Nothing Generals (1 reply - 1948 views)

I think probably a lot of people around here are familiar with the "Disunion" series in the New York Times. I think they are ...   Tue Nov 29th, 2011 01:02 am

General Civil War Talk > Other foreign help (38 replies - 13340 views)

csamiller, almost certainly France. But I don't think any others would have gotten involved. No one else in Europe had the capacity (a ...   Sun Nov 27th, 2011 03:27 pm

General Civil War Talk > Other foreign help (38 replies - 13340 views)

Gary Gallagher once pointed out to me that the British were also concerned about the precedent of breaking blockades in a legal sense. According ...   Fri Nov 25th, 2011 06:47 pm

General Civil War Talk > Other foreign help (38 replies - 13340 views)

In addition to the others responses, to your specific suggestions: France would not move without British intervention (though Napoleon III was probably the most ...   Wed Nov 23rd, 2011 12:00 pm

General Civil War Talk > My 2011 Vicksburg pics. (9 replies - 2001 views)

I've been meaning to get up there sometime now that I live somewhat close. Thanks for the inspiration! Mark ...   Tue Nov 22nd, 2011 12:26 pm

General Civil War Talk > To historians: Was the civil war mainly a power grab against states rights? (9 replies - 2759 views)

csamiller, very few in the northern states would have called this a "war against human oppression." The vast majority of Federal soldiers would have ...   Mon Nov 21st, 2011 12:36 am

Weapons of the Civil War > Gatling Gun Description (5 replies - 4011 views)

Ah. My mistake. Thanks for the clarification. Mark ...   Wed Nov 16th, 2011 03:41 pm

Weapons of the Civil War > Gatling Gun Description (5 replies - 4011 views)

I found this the other day. I know that the gatling guns really never made any kind of tactical impact, but I thought this ...   Wed Nov 16th, 2011 01:51 pm

General Civil War Talk > To historians: Was the civil war mainly a power grab against states rights? (9 replies - 2759 views)

I would recommend Gary Gallagher's book, "The Union War" and "The Road to Disunion" by William Freehling. I think you might need to reframe ...   Mon Nov 14th, 2011 08:55 pm

The Battle of Franklin > Franklin Charge (23 replies - 11000 views)

Gary Gallagher wrote a pretty good book on the ANV vs. AoT phenomenon called "Lee and his Army in Confederate History." He argues that ...   Sun Nov 13th, 2011 12:56 pm

William T. Sherman > Sherman - First commandant of L.S.U. (11 replies - 5547 views)

Pender, please forgive my clunky answer. Let me try again. In classical political thought, for democracy to function properly, there has to be ...   Sun Nov 13th, 2011 01:14 am

The Battle of Franklin > Franklin Charge (23 replies - 11000 views)

Short answer: yes. The ANV and RE Lee became the focal point of Southern attention and really embodied the Confederate cause in a ...   Sat Nov 12th, 2011 03:31 pm

William T. Sherman > Sherman - First commandant of L.S.U. (11 replies - 5547 views)

Its not my quote Pender, its from Lincoln (his 1862 message to Congress). But I think it neatly encapsulates why men fought so hard ...   Sat Nov 12th, 2011 12:39 pm


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