205 Years Ago: The New Madrid Earthquake and repercussions on the Civil War

Yesterday the US Geological Survey posted this reminder to their Facebook page: The New Madrid Earthquake is well known though mostly as the answer to trivia questions. The presence of a major and active fault line in the middle of the continent is not unusual.  But as it sits in the middle of the United States,Continue reading “205 Years Ago: The New Madrid Earthquake and repercussions on the Civil War”

Chasing guerrillas along the Mississippi: The 34th New Jersey Infantry at Island No. 10

The 34th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry formed in the fall of 1863.  Men from Mercer, Salem, Burlington, and Camden counties filled the ranks (along with some from New York and Philadelphia).  The regiment left Camp Parker, outside Trenton, in mid-November that year, heading to the front lines.  Instead of an assignment to the Army ofContinue reading “Chasing guerrillas along the Mississippi: The 34th New Jersey Infantry at Island No. 10”

In the April issue of Civil War Times: Find Stonewall Jackson’s Arm and Island No. 10

The April issue of Civil War Times is out at the periodical sections of your local store. Several great articles by authors of note, to include Robert K. Krick, Harold Holzer, Sarah Richardson, Jamie Malanowski, fellow blogger Chris Mackowski, and yours truely. Chris’s article considers the lingering question about Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s amputated arm,Continue reading “In the April issue of Civil War Times: Find Stonewall Jackson’s Arm and Island No. 10”