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Category Archives: Civil War Era

Oh Hard Tack, Come Again No More

There’s an adage the soldiers march on their stomach, and there is some real truth to that. If you’ve ever tried doing anything that remotely requires exertion while hungry… well. I suppose you’d well know what I mean. You fatigue easier, you lose concentration, your body turns to cannibalizing its own muscle mass in order […]

Massachusetts Civil War Monuments Project

In the interest of blatant self-promotion, I wanted to share widely and boost the signal of an informal project that I’m very happy to have become involved with. A little earlier this year on Memorial Day Weekend, long-time friend and historian Patrick Browne (he of the Historical Digression blog, which you really need to follow […]

Not Your Father’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’

Perhaps one of the more amusing tales of the Civil War is the nigh-forgotten Battle of Wauhatchie on October 28-29 of 1863. While there may be some myth amongst the tale, and a healthy dose of a soldier’s exaggeration of the truth, there are sufficient reports to suggest that one particular, peculiar incident did in […]

The Many Roads of Edwin Wentworth

One of my favorite poems from the Civil War era was one written by an author whose name remains unknown, an ode to the unheralded, uncelebrated common soldier (reproduced in this post). One of the points it makes so poignantly is that the officers, the generals, the politicians– they are well represented in the histories […]

Goodrich’s War: Epilogue

This is the final entry detailing the letters home of Loren Goodrich of Co. F, 14th Connecticut. The rest of the series– ten parts in all– may be found in the archives of this website. Goodrich’s War: Complete Loren Goodrich remained with Co. F and the 14th Connecticut for another thirteen days or so, crossing […]

Goodrich’s War: The Gettysburg Campaign

This is Part 9 of an ongoing series built around the letters home of Loren Goodrich, Co. F 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. See the entire collection to date here: Temporary Hero Archive: Loren Goodrich (Parts 1-9) The Gettysburg Campaign of 1863 was Robert E. Lee’s last invasion of the north– an attempt to defeat the […]

Goodrich’s War: Chancellorsville

This is Part 8 of an ongoing series built around the letters home of Loren Goodrich, Co. F 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. See also… Part One (with letter of Sept 5 1862) Part Two (with letter of Oct 2 1862) Part Three (with letter of Dec 9 1862) Part Four (with undated, post-Fredericksburg letter) Part […]

Goodrich’s War: Spring of 1863

This is Part 7 of an ongoing series built around the letters home of Loren Goodrich, Co. F 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. See also… Part One (with letter of Sept 5 1862) Part Two (with letter of Oct 2 1862) Part Three (with letter of Dec 9 1862) Part Four (with undated, post-Fredericksburg letter) Part […]

Goodrich’s War: The Mud March

This is Part 6 of an ongoing series built around the letters home of Loren Goodrich, Co. F 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. See also… Part One (including his letter of Sept 5 1862) Part Two (including his letter of Oct 2 1862) Part Three (including his letter of Dec 9 1862) Part Four (including his […]

Goodrich’s War: The Aftermath of Fredericksburg

This is Part 5 of an ongoing series built around the letters home of Loren Goodrich, Co. F 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. See also… Part One (including his letter of Sept 5 1862) Part Two (including his letter of Oct 2 1862) Part Three (including his letter of Dec 9 1862) Part Four (including his […]