Monthly Archives: April 2012

Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Statesman

By | April 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Richard told me about this excellent book about Judah P. Benjamin, often called "the brains of the Confederacy". Others blamed him for the South's defeat. He was born in the West Indies in 1811, the son of devout Jewish parents. [...]

Battle for New Orleans April 1862

By | April 25th, 2012|Uncategorized|

New Orleans was the strongest card in the hand of the Confederacy at the outbreak of the War. But early in the morning of April 24th Farragut ran past two forts and made a run for New Orleans.After a duel [...]

Visiting Confederate Soldier’s Grave

By | April 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Today I am going with cousins to Union Springs to visit our great-grandfather's grave. Colonel John Luther Branch was a professor at the Citadel in SC when he joined the Confederate Army.I have written about him before. He gave the [...]

Bloody April, 1862, The Battle of Shiloh

By | April 20th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Don't you wish you could have been there that April day when the massed ranks of Confederates appeared out of nowhere about 7 a.m., shouting the eerie "Rebel Yell"? They  easily  overran the outer Union camps, which were taken by complete [...]

The Civil War Armory at Tallassee, Alabama

By | April 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Did you know that the only armory in the South not destroyed was at Tallassee, Alabama? Here is what happened. Toward the end of the war, the Richmond carbine factory moved from Richmond to an old Tallassee cotton mill which [...]

Nathan Bedford Forrest Missing In Action

By | April 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|

General Nathan Bedford Forrest has made the news again! He seems to be a lightning rod, 151 years after the end of the "Civil War". Known as a self-educated and innovative cavalry leader during the war, he has become extremely [...]

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