“Thar’ ain’t no good way to charge a battery.” But that is not to say it cannot be done

Basil Duke was among the most prolific ex-Confederates writing during the decades after the Civil War.  He is most known for his work regarding General John Hunt Morgan’s operations.  I call attention to a passage from Morgan’s Cavalry today, detailing an incident from the battle of Shiloh involving the Kentucky troopers in Morgan’s command.  FromContinue reading ““Thar’ ain’t no good way to charge a battery.” But that is not to say it cannot be done”

Veterans Day, Memorials, and Stories

Charles Schulz often got Snoopy dressed up for Veterans Day: To smile at that strip, you’ve got to lean on some World War II-era history.  But there’s a subtle point there.  “They” never heard of Ernie Pyle.  Say that name around some World War II vet, and you are likely to hear a story orContinue reading “Veterans Day, Memorials, and Stories”

Shiloh 150… Wow!

A few friends have passed along impressions of the Shiloh Sesquicentennial programs at the battlefield.  In each case, the account begins with something like, “you wouldn’t believe the crowd!” Keep in mind that Shiloh is perhaps the most remote major battlefield park.  It’s a good hour and a half driving time from the nearest interstateContinue reading “Shiloh 150… Wow!”