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U.S. Civil War History bits

Discussion in 'Military History' started by C.Evans, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Half Track

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    This is Bruce Catton’s own trilogy as shown at the bottom of the cover. He was one of the best on his subject. I read “A Stillness At Appomattox” long ago. But I want to read it again. He won the Pulitzer Prize for it and the National Book Award in 1954. Bruce Catton died in 1978.
     
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    Sheldrake - Catton wrote or participated in writing three triologies. The Army of the Potomac was depicted in the photo. The one you read is a different one and the final one is on Grant (Captain Sam Grant by Lloyd Lewis who passed away and then Catton finished it with his: Grant Moves South and Grant Takes Command). I have the one you named but haven't read it yet. Too wrapped up in WW2 right now.
     
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    BTW, Catton was a journalist by training and was the first to dispel the Lost Cause myth that Grant was a blundering butcher. He pointed out that the losses at Cold Harbor were cumulative and not a single day as the Lost Cause crowd likes to promote. Grant very much out-generaled Lee who feared a siege and found himself caught in a near siege operation around Petersburg (that ended at Five Forks).
     
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    Haven't read all that much myself. The old PBS series seems to be on endless loop on British tv though...not that I'm complaining.
     
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    "Archaeologists surveying a Civil War cemetery in northern Virginia have chanced upon a surprising find: a buried pathway from the 1800s.
    As Mark Price reports for the Charlotte Observer, researchers from the Northeast Archaeological Resources program (NARP) uncovered the 19th-century road—as well as a brick-lined culvert—at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park. The team was using ground-penetrating radar and magnetometer surveys to identify a suitable location for a proposed burial vault."
    www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-buried-road-civil-war-cemetery-180978264/
     
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    Think it was covered in another post on PTSD a while back, but heard it specifically mentioned on a tv programme earlier-
    "Nostalgia, once regarded as a condition of homesickness, was widespread during the American Civil War. Wartime letters and diaries, as well as post-war memoirs and reminiscences, reveal much about the emotional sensitivity of Civil War fighting men towards their homes."
    The soldiers who died of homesickness
     
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