Category Archives: The Northwest Bastion

The post-war Union view

The Nov. 28, 1863, Rebel attack on the Union pickets in front of Fort Sanders’ northwest bastion was as clear a tip off as anything could be that a larger ground attack was imminent, according to these recollections in the … Continue reading

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Micah Jenkins

Some Rebel officers may have privately questioned Gen. Longstreet’s judgment in regard to preparation for the attack on Fort Sanders, but South Carolinian Micah Jenkins was the only one who complained directly to him. And when the disaster had unfolded, … Continue reading

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Those reappearing battle flags

It’s curious to our modern sensibilities the importance American Civil War soldiers attached to their battle flags. Congressional Medals of Honor were given to soldiers of the Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts and New York Cameron Highlanders who captured the flags of some … Continue reading

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The real Sixteenth Georgia

Private Horatio J. David of the Center Hill Guards of the Sixteenth Georgia, who was a lieutenant by the time they followed the Phillips Georgia Legion in the Nov. 29 assault on Fort Sanders. David would survive the battle and … Continue reading

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Highlanders march

The Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders marched through NYC on their way to the cars and thence to Baltimore, Washington City and a rude and deadly introduction to war at First Manassas. They would have to wait until Knoxville in … Continue reading

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Claw-hammer coats

“Men in claw-hammer coats and tall, beaver hats and ladies in silk dresses and sunbonnets were standing looking down at us from above the red-clay walls we had tried so hard to climb…” The man on the right in the … Continue reading

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Brig. Gen. Isaac Stevens

Brig. Gen. Isaac Stevens, ex-Congressman from Washington, West Pointer, Mexican War veteran and Indian fighter whom Gen. McClellan appointed commanding officer of the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders after the death of their elected commander at First Manassas/Bull Run. He’s … Continue reading

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The banquette tread

All of the surfaces and angles of a Civil War-era fortress had names and this diagram will help you figure them out. Including the “banquette tread” (C) upon which the defenders of Fort Sanders’s key Northwest bastion sat (or slept) … Continue reading

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