A Veteran’s Last Days

Asthma and rheumatism had wrecked the health of August “Pop” Schliermacher, age 72, so much that he realized the diseases were going to kill him. Things had gotten so bad for him that he could not always make it out … Continue reading

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Cross Keys, Part I

The battle of Cross Keys was fought on June 8, 1862. Today’s post will be a combination of fact and interpretation. I think Cross Keys is a good topic to look at in both ways. After all, even the National … Continue reading

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Julius Stahel, the Mysterious General

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Perhaps not so surprisingly, my post this week (and first new substantive post in awhile) is not on one of the topics I mentioned last week.  Not directly anyway.  Going back into “research mode” I’ve found some interesting letters online, … Continue reading

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Craig Swain’s latest post on his great blog “To the Sound of the Guns” reminded me that it is time to get back to blogging myself.  By the way, he was gracious enough to mention this blog in his post … Continue reading

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“Dem Deutshen mens mit Sigel’s band, At fighting have no rival”

Title quote from Stanza 4 of the Civil War song “I’m going to fight mit Sigel” Going back to a previous posting of a winter letter , I am devoting this post to a quick review of the author of that … Continue reading

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