“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”

“An equal number of rebel generals and field officers”: Federal retaliation for POWs in Charleston

Returning to a thread started earlier this month, the Federal response to Confederate use of prisoners as human shields at Charleston was about to bring the issue to a white heat.  Reports and forwarded correspondence from Major-General John Foster reached decision makers in Washington within a few days.  And on June 21, 1864, this responseContinue reading ““An equal number of rebel generals and field officers”: Federal retaliation for POWs in Charleston”