Category Archives: Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts

The Monitor Boys

There’s a new book out about Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts Sergeant Timothy Chase’s “washtub on a skillet,” the U.S.S. Monitor. Seems the little ironclad’s crew called themselves “The Monitor Boys,” and Civil War historian John V. Quarstein has pulled together “the first … Continue reading

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Reprise: Embalming

As Sergeant Timothy Chase of the 29th Massachusetts discovers (Chapter 8: General Burnside’s Truce), embalming of the dead was a gruesome business. Yet it was essential if a soldier’s loved ones were to be able to identify a son, brother … Continue reading

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Restoring Monitor’s turret

The inset photo shows current restoration of the Monitor’s turret which can be explored further via live Webcam here for a few more weeks—before it goes back in a chemical bath for years. Still more. The Monitor figures in the … Continue reading

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Reprise: Voices Carry Farther in fog

The novel’s Sergeant Timothy Chase and Private Jeremiah Mahoney of the Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts huddled in the Union trenches just south of Fort Sanders in a foggy dawn. They whispered to each other, and to the rest of their diminished company, … Continue reading

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Starving privates, gorging generals

Gen. Burnside’s Union troops were so hungry, according to some diaries and memoirs, they were stealing corn meal from the feed bags of the artillery and cavalry horses. So when Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops arrived on Dec. 6 to … Continue reading

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USS Monitor

Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts’ Sergeant Timothy Chase’s “washtub on a skillet,” the USS Monitor. Taken some time after its fight with the Merrimac/Virginia. Note minor damage (left) on the turret.

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Reprise: Embalming

As my fictional Sergeant Timothy Chase of the 29th Massachusetts discovers, embalming of the dead was a gruesome business. Yet it was essential if a soldier’s loved ones were to be able to identify a son, brother or father a … Continue reading

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The Union cartridge box

P. Jewell & Sons, makers of U.S. Army Pattern 1857 Cartridge Boxes. The kind probably worn by the Twenty-Ninth Massachusetts and the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlands who defended the Northwest Bastion of Fort Sanders.

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