“The first news is the best and most read.”

This will be my last post on Colonel Kozlay and the 54th New York for a while. I promised in my previous post that we would look at how Kozlay recalled the battle of Cross Keys in his regimental journal. … Continue reading

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Colonel Kozlay’s Journal – Part 2

In this post, we’ll continue to look at Colonel Kozlay’s journal through the 1862 Valley Campaign. The quality of leadership is referenced in Kozlay’s journal again and again, and the 1862 Valley Campaign is no exception.  On April 15, 1862, … Continue reading

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Colonel Kozlay’s Journal – Part 1

Colonel Kozlay’s regimental journal (http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/54thInf/54thInfKozlayJournal1.htm) is a fascinating document.  It is not what one would expect and challenges the preconceptions of who the “German” soldiers were.  We rejoin Kozlay and the 54th New York in October 1861.  Kozlay was originally … Continue reading

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The Rappahannock Crossings

We got an unexpected jolt this afternoon in Virginia, but things seem to have quieted down a little as we now await the arrival of Hurricane Irene this weekend.  149 years ago this week there was a different kind of … Continue reading

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The 54th New York Infantry, the “Hiram Barney Rifles”, the “Schwarze Yaeger”

With the new school year starting, I’ll be switching over to semi-monthly postings.  My next series of posts will deal with the 54th New York Infantry, another of von Gilsa’s units present at Blocher’s Knoll and East Cemetery Hill during … Continue reading

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Miscellany – Part I

The variety of posts possible regarding the 11th Corps is seemingly unlimited, but this week has been uninspiring for me.  I have a couple of ideas I may work up into longer articles and a few ideas percolating in my … Continue reading

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The First Day at Gettysburg and the 45th New York – Part 2

Interestingly, the sketch quoted at the end of my previous post (http://dmna.state.ny.us/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/45thInf/45thInfHistSketch.htm) reads for a while as if the 1st Corps’ left flank and the 11th Corps’ right flank (basically the left and right flank of all the actively engaged … Continue reading

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