Category Archives: Gen. James Longstreet

Sharpshooter glasses

You can buy these orange-colored, nickle-plated wire-frame glasses on eBay with the assurance of several books that they were worn by sharpshooters in the Civil War. Ahem. One sharpshooter (today he would be called a sniper) played a prominent role in the 1863 siege … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s 150th

I’m not sorry to be missing Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary these next three days. Too much of the occasion will be taken up by reenactment events, which reenactment participants call “impressions.” But too many of the reenactors are too corpulent and all … Continue reading

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Boy Battery’s experience shows Longstreet’s incompetence

Captain/Doctor William Watts Parker’s famous “boy battery” plays a prominent role in the novel, because its position on Cherokee Heights gives a literal overview of the battlefield. But also because the battery’s almost-incredible experience of being shuffled back and forth … Continue reading

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General McLaws’ court martial

Although convened in February, 1864, McLaws’ court martial for dereliction of duty in the assault on Fort Sanders at Knoxville, was on-again, off-again, for the next several weeks. Finally, on March 11, the trial commenced at a private home in … Continue reading

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Ninth Georgia artillery emplacements

Site of the Morgan Hill archeological dig in the summer of 2009, where artifacts such as belt buckles and friction primers convinced University of Tennessee scientists they had found the 1863 emplacements of the Ninth Georgia Artillery Battalion. The Ninth … Continue reading

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Longstreet: A supportive view

Bob Krick’s criticism of Longstreet better comports with the general’s work at Knoxville, where he was defeated after a cursory inspection following many days of dithering. But, of course, there’s a positive side to Lee’s war horse as well. And … Continue reading

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The “contentious and fractious” Longstreet

Civil War historian Robert Krick—author of the really fine book on the Boy Battery (which fought at Knoxville)—weighed in on Gen. Longstreet back in 2000 at Gettysburg. The talk is available here at C-Span. It’s long, almost 54 minutes altogether, … Continue reading

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President Lincoln’s proclamation

President Lincoln attached great importance to East Tennessee because of the strong Union sentiment in a bread-basket region whose refusal to support the Confederacy would aid a Union victory. So, on Dec. 7, 1863, after the Rebels were defeated at … Continue reading

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