There is no “curse of Confederate gold”… because there is no Confederate gold!

Back in 2018, the History [Channel] debuted a series titled “The Curse of Civil War Gold,” billed as a reality show following investigators on the trail of lost Confederate gold. (Why it is not titled “Curse of Confederate Gold” would be a good study in how our contemporary discussions have altered the framing of theContinue reading “There is no “curse of Confederate gold”… because there is no Confederate gold!”

Sherman’s March, April 27, 1865: Facilitating the surrender; Planning the march north

With dawn on April 27, 1865, the ink was hardly dry on the “final-final” surrender agreement between Major-General William T. Sherman and General Joseph E. Johnston.  But Sherman was already looking to the next leg of the Great March.  So a flurry of orders went out from Sherman’s headquarters down to the brigade level.  TheContinue reading “Sherman’s March, April 27, 1865: Facilitating the surrender; Planning the march north”

A couple more 6.4-inch Parrotts: Battery Stevens

Continuing the discussion of the “Left Breaching Batteries” on Morris Island during the summer of 1863, we turn to the left of Battery Reno: For practical purposes, Battery Stevens was simply two more guns in the same line.  The battery contained two 6.4-inch (100-pdr) Parrott Rifles.  The profile and facilities matched those of Battery Reno. Continue reading “A couple more 6.4-inch Parrotts: Battery Stevens”