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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Franz Sigel and the 11th Corps Scouts

Harry Truman was a voracious reader; typically he would have five or six books, maybe more, that he would be reading at one time. Unfortunately, of all Truman’s traits, I most assuredly share this one. I have, I think, four … Continue reading

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Today’s post has a decidedly different character.  While it is Civil War-related, it is most definitely not about the 11th Corps.  My original plan was to begin looking at the Sigel letter and putting it in the context of how … Continue reading

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Winter in Virginia – Part 1

Winter arrived, albeit briefly, in the Shenandoah Valley this weekend.  With that in mind, I offer, without commentary, a letter from Franz Sigel to President Abraham Lincoln (courtesy of American Memory from the Library of Congress), which provides one example … Continue reading

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“I will not perform the ungrateful task of comparing cases of failure.”

Again and again I find myself drawn to the engagements at the Rappahannock river crossings in the week prior to the battle of Second Bull Run.  While some of my first posts dealt with Fauquier White Sulphur Springs, today’s post … Continue reading

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