150 Years Ago: A “Destructive Conflagration” in Richmond

On June 14, 1863, the remains of Thomas J. Jackson left Richmond by railroad proceeding to Lexington, Virginia where his funeral was scheduled for the next day. As if the tragedy of Jackson’s death were not enough, the City of Richmond arose on this day (June 15) in 1863 to another disaster. The Richmond DailyContinue reading “150 Years Ago: A “Destructive Conflagration” in Richmond”

Invoicing Drewry’s Bluff

Somebody’s got to supply the pieces and parts that wars are fought with.  And that often leads to a paperwork trail.  The J.R. Anderson & Company section of the Confederate Citizen’s Files provides numerous examples of such.  On occasion the billing details are sufficient to link a specific “part” to a historical event.  Such isContinue reading “Invoicing Drewry’s Bluff”

But … Not to say there wasn’t a Confederate Rodman

In earlier posts describing the Confederate Columbiads, I drew a fine distinction with regard to nomenclature.   Guns like this one at Fort Darling should not be classified as “Confederate Rodmans.” This gun may share some external features with the Rodman Guns, but in most other particulars differ.  The gunmakers did not use the casting techniquesContinue reading “But … Not to say there wasn’t a Confederate Rodman”