Category Archives: Samuel Nicoll Benjamin

Parrott Gun

Named for the man who invented it, not the bird. You can see through the upper spokes of the wheel the bulbous breech band of wrought iron on the rear of the gun that Mrs. Parthenia Leila Ellis noticed (in … Continue reading

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Bleak House

One reader of the novel recently emailed to say he ‘d Googled “Bleak House” and was surprised to see that it still stands. This is an old photo of the the Armstrong home—which hosted Gen. Longstreet’s headquarters during the siege—when … Continue reading

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Benjamin’s triumph

Some independent historians have tried to deny the commander of Fort Sanders, Lieutenant Samuel Nicoll Benjamin, his triumph. They pretend that Burnside’s chief engineer, Captain Orlando Poe, did most of the planning and preparation for the defense. But the primary … Continue reading

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