Nineteenth Annual Appomattox CH / Longwood U. Civil War Seminar

Save the date.  The Nineteenth Annual Civil War Seminar, hosted by Appomattox Court House National Historic Park and Longwood University, is on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Jarman Auditorium on the Longwood University campus, Farmville, Virginia. Appomattox Court House NHP will post details on their event page, but from the flyer distributed by Longwood University:Continue reading “Nineteenth Annual Appomattox CH / Longwood U. Civil War Seminar”

Cavalry Tactics: You better load on Sunday and shoot all week! The trooper’s load and firing line

An oft cited generalization in regard to the Cavalry during the Civil War involves the use of repeaters or breechloaders, which gave the troopers some advantage in firepower.  And often you’ll see reference to the Army Ordnance Department resisting the adoption of repeaters, citing “ammunition expenditure.” In Cavalry Tactics, Alonzo Gray offered four vignettes toContinue reading “Cavalry Tactics: You better load on Sunday and shoot all week! The trooper’s load and firing line”

April 15, 1865: “It is too horrible to contemplate with composure” – the focus of the armies turn on the news

It is very easy for us to get caught up in the significance of a historical event, and forget that those living through the times were, just as you and I do today, living each day as moment to moment.  We all track that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the evening of April 14, 1865. Continue reading “April 15, 1865: “It is too horrible to contemplate with composure” – the focus of the armies turn on the news”