Category Archives: “Knoxville 1863”

A Merry Knoxville 1863 Christmas

Christmas Presents for Gentlemen! Christmas Presents for Gentlemen! Christmas Presents for Gentlemen! Fresh Supplies of Genuine Imported Havana Cigars, of the Finest Quality—REAL Turkish Smoking Tobacco! Meerschaum Pipes and Meerschaum Cigar Tubes of the most Elegant Styles, Just received per … Continue reading

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The Union takes Knoxville

A lithographic notion of Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s and his army’s welcome by the Unionists of Knoxville whose Stars & Stripes flags finally could be brought out from under their parlor carpets. While the town’s Confederates had to hide theirs under the carpets … Continue reading

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Of that en barbette gun that greeted the Rebels

Lieutenant Samuel Nicoll Benjamin, who commanded Fort Sanders while its nominal commander, a New York political general, was drunk in his bombproof, arranged several surprises for the attacking Rebels. One was a Napoleon 12-pounder that could be run up a … Continue reading

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Contraband of War

To get around the problem of having to return self-emancipated (i.e. escaped) slaves to their Confederate owners, Union Gen. Benjamin Butler dubbed them “contraband of war,” i.e. captured property that didn’t have to be returned. Later, Congress made the term … Continue reading

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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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Kindle version of the novel now 99 cents

Gettysburg held. Vicksburg has fallen. Now Rebel flags ring Knoxville in East Tennessee. General James Longstreet, Lee’s Warhorse, means to wrench this railroad hub away from the occupying Union army. “I’ve long considered Michael and Jeff Shaara’s Civil War trilogy … Continue reading

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Reprise: General Lee’s Unionist sister

Many families were torn apart by the war, a fact that supports my fictional creation Parthenia Leila Ellis, the Unionist widow of Confederate Major Clayton Ellis of Knoxville. Many such divisions were unsung at the time, the principals being little known … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway … Continue reading

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