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Category Archives: Civil War Era

Goodrich’s War: Fredericksburg

This is Part 4 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) December of 1862 saw […]

States’ Rights and the Lost Cause Piffle

Something those of us involved in Civil War reenacting and living histories hear quite a bit from the secessionist reenactors is the old chestnut that “The war wasn’t about slavery. It was about States’ Rights / tariffs/ Northern Aggression / some-other-twaddle.”  Sure, the principle of tariffs were bound up in the whole ordeal, but there […]

Goodrich’s War: The March to ‘Camp Froze-to-Death’

This is Part 3 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) After the titanic battle of Antietam, commanding General George McClellan began again to […]

Goodrich’s War: Destiny at Antietam

This is Part 2 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) On Sunday, September 7 1862, Loren Goodrich of Co. F of the 14th Connecticut found himself formally a member of the Army […]

Goodrich’s War: Part One

In my never-ending quest to unearth as much information as possible about men who served with the original units that make up the basis of those that I reenact with, I’ve come across another interesting character, one Loren H. Goodrich. While his time at the front was comparatively short, it was one that was quite […]

The Common Soldier

Yesterday at the living history at Cambridge, one of the selections read in the poetry program was one I discovered in a period book– Anecdotes, Poetry and Incidents of the War, North and South 1861-1865, edited by Frank Moore in 1882. So many stories told of this war– and of all wars– deal with the […]