Tag Archives: Fremont

Germans Abstain from Beer! A Shocking Revelation from the New York TImes

More than two weeks have flown by since my last post. I promised to tell more of how German soldiers were portrayed in Civil War era media (was that word even used then?). In this short post, I will deliver … Continue reading

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“A memorable season of extraordinary rains”

Browsing and searching through the New York Times online archives is an interesting endeavor. In earlier posts, I recounted a frankly depressing story of the last days of a Civil War veteran in New York City and a reporter’s visit … Continue reading

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“Seldom is a wheat field as terribly sown.”

In an earlier post I briefly pondered the question of whether Cross Keys should be labeled an engagement, a battle or some other designation.  In today’s post I ask whether Cross Keys was a victory, and if so, for whom?  This … 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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“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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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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