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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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    The trouble with accepting Appomattox as the end of the war it ignores that Joe Jonston didn't surrender until later as did Kirby Smith. Effectively though once Lee threw in the towel there was no point in continuingg the struggle. The South had been bled near dry, its men were starving and its lands destroyed.
     
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    Don't think this has been posted before. The link says "new book" although it's actually from 2018-
    "A new book, The Irish at Gettysburg, says the real story of the Irish who fought with the Confederate Army is only just starting to be told.
    Seemingly everything possible has already been written about the climactic battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—three nightmarish days of intense combat in early July 1863—that determined America’s destiny.
    Consequently, for people craving something new beyond the standard narrative so often repeated throughout the past, they were sorely disappointed by the new Gettysburg titles released for the 150th anniversary."
    www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/irish-confederate-army-civil-war?fbclid=IwAR0I942lggiKjJa62yrrOlnMy91JqFdERtbTUxcoBIe-HfAoB0mPgIkUw4w
     
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    There no shortage of things on Irish fighting on both sides during the late unpleasantness (or Mother of All American Family Feuds).

    Union Pat: What are you fight for Pat?
    Confederate Pat: $11 a month!
     

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