“We want none but Texans.”

When the Civil War started it was hard to get a Texan to join other than a cavalry unit.  British Lt. Col. Fremantle visited Texas, and observed that “it was found very difficult to raise infantry in Texas as no Texan walks a yard if he can help it.” The 8th Texas Cavalry, commonly known […]

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The Ghosts of Gettysburg  

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It is said that Gettysburg is one of the most haunted places in America. Don’t believe in ghosts? Well, here is a story that may just change your mind. An old man approached some extras sitting at Little Round Top during filming of the movie Gettysburg. He wore a torn and scorched uniform, and smelled […]

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Wheat’s Tigers: Rebels in Arms

“Wheat’s Tigers” was the nickname of a Louisiana Battalion formed from the rougher sections of New Orleans, men described as “thieves, and outcasts…and bad characters generally.” Of all the units that took the field at the First Battle of Manassas in July 1861, none exceeded the flair and intensity of the 1st Louisiana Special Battalion. […]

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Confederate Cherokee Bravery

During the Civil War, the Cherokee Nation had 3,000 men serving as Confederate soldiers. The Cherokee, by nature a peaceful people, were exceptionally skilled at protecting themselves.  They were naturals at close-quarters fighting, and adept at the irregular tactics of guerrilla warfare. A leader of the Cherokee, Stand Watie, was eager to join the Confederate […]

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“The Most Daring Courage”

Nathan Bedford Forrest is one of ablest commanders on record, the only Civil War officer to go from Private at the beginning of the war to highest rank then used, Lieutenant General. Union General Sherman said Confederate Lt. General Forrest was “the most remarkable man our civil war produced on either side.” Sherman, regarded as […]

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Perryville – “It was Death to Retreat”

The Battle of Perryville in Kentucky one of the most important battles of the American Civil War, but most people, including many Civil War buffs, know little about it.. Sam Watkins was there and he wrote about it in his famous memoirs. Sam served in the First Tennessee, Company H, and fought in every major […]

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George Washington: Model of the Confederacy

Soon after the formation of the Confederate States of America, the new government chose a national seal and motto: Deo Vindice: “God Will Vindicate” The seal features George Washington on horseback, pictured in his uniform of the Revolution securing American independence. Washington is surrounded with a wreath, made of some of the main agricultural products […]

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“I am a soldier and a good one.”

More Americans died in The Civil War than any other conflict. In fact, it took half of all Americans lost in all our wars.  Most of it was fought on Confederate territory.   It was a brutal conflict, yet many a man fought from beginning to end. Soldiers had little tolerance for the opinions of […]

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“A Volley of Buck and Ball Came Hurling”

Private Sam Watkins of Company H, 1st Tennessee Regiment chronicled his experiences in his writings “Co. Aytch.” It is considered to be one of the greatest memoirs ever written by a soldier of the field. He captures the experience of the common private soldier, from the hardships of camp life and battlefields, the camaraderie of […]

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Brother Against Brother: A Tale of Two Scots

The Confederate Army had a number of soldiers who were Scottish or had Scottish ancestry.  Some of the Scottish units formed included the “Scotch Guards” from Alabama, the “Scotch Tigers” of North Carolina and the “Montgomery Highlanders” of Virginia. We will cover more about the Scots and their contribution to the Confederate cause in a […]

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