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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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“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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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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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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Leopold von Gilsa

Continuing on the theme of the 41st New York Infantry, I have some information (and, as usual, questions) about its commander, Leopold von Gilsa. Leopold von Gilsa, after approximately 150 years, comes across as a mysterious figure.  Do not infer … Continue reading

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More on the 41st New York

While I plan to do one post a week, sometimes the urge strikes me to make additional postings.  Such is the case today; as I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been re-reading John Hennessy’s Return to Bull Run. He … Continue reading

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