H.L. Hunley- Confederate Submarine

H.L. Hunley- Confederate Submarine

ByNathan MoteFebruary 18, 2021

On the evening of 17 February 1864, the Hunley made her first mission against an enemy vessel during the American Civil War. Armed with a spar torpedo, mounted to a rod extending out from her bow, the Hunley’s mission was to lift the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina by destroying the sloop-of-war USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor. The Union Warship…

Lewis Addison Armistead

Lewis Addison Armistead

ByNathan MoteFebruary 18, 2021

Early Life Armistead, known to friends as “Lo” (for Lothario), was born in the home of his great-grandfather, John Wright Stanly, in New Bern, North Carolina, son of Walker Keith Armistead and Elizabeth Stanly Armistead. Armistead’s grandfather, John Stanly, was a U.S. Congressman and his uncle Edward Stanly served as military governor of eastern North Carolina during the Civil War.…

John Yates Beall

John Yates Beall

ByNathan MoteFebruary 18, 2021

John Yates Beall was born on January 1, 1835, at Walnut Grove, his family’s farm near Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia), the second of four sons and fourth of nine children of George Brook Beall and Janet Yates Beall. He was educated at home and in September 1852 began law-oriented studies at the University of Virginia, but he left…

Horace King

Horace King

ByNathan MoteFebruary 13, 2021

Slave Artisan The 500-foot-long Franklin Street Bridge spanning the Chattahoochee River at Columbus, Georgia, was built by Horace King in 1862. Partially destroyed during the Civil War, the bridge was restored by King in 1867. It is shown here being dismantled c. 1904. (Courtesy Columbus College Archives) Born as a slave of African, European, and Native…

James Ronald Chalmers

James Ronald Chalmers

ByNathan MoteFebruary 12, 2021

Chalmers was re-elected in 1880 but the election was contested by his Republican African-American opponent, John R. Lynch. Congress awarded the seat to Lynch because of marked election fraud by the Democrats. In 1882 Chalmers ran as an Independent Democrat on a fusionist ticket, with support by Republicans and Greenbackers. He contested the victory of the regular Democrat, and Congress…

James Ronald Chalmers

James Ronald Chalmers

Chalmers was re-elected in 1880 but the election was contested by his Republican African-American opponent, John R. Lynch. Congress awarded the seat…

Jones Mitchell Withers

Jones Mitchell Withers

Early life and career Withers was born in 1814 in Huntsville, located in both Madison County and Limestone County, Alabama. He was…

Confederate Dog in the Civil War: Sawbuck

Confederate Dog in the Civil War: Sawbuck

Loyal dogs populated both armies in the Civil War. For every Union dog, there was a Confederate dog taking part in the…

The Battle Of Mill Springs

The Battle Of Mill Springs

The Battle of Mill Springs Logan’s Cross Roads, Fishing Creek Union Brig. Gen. George Thomas received orders to drive the Rebels across…

19th Century Yankee Discussed The Difference Between Southerners and Northerners

19th Century Yankee Discussed The Difference Between Southerners and Northerners

Our own race is boastful as well as intolerant and aggressive. This is especially true of the New England type, and hence…

John W. “Jack” Hinson, Civil War Sniper

John W. “Jack” Hinson, Civil War Sniper

John W. “Jack” Hinson, better known as “Old Jack” to his family, was a prosperous farmer in Stewart County, Tennessee. A non-political…

Atrocities and Slavery in the North

Atrocities and Slavery in the North

African-American Men Burned at the Stake in New York In England, burning had been used to punish rebellious women, peasants and poor…

The Founding Fathers & Slavery

The Founding Fathers & Slavery

“Declaration of Independence” painted by John Trumbull in 1819. The institution of slavery proved to be a difficult…

The Christian Character Of Robert E. Lee

The Christian Character Of Robert E. Lee

THERE is a natural tendency to conceal the faults and exalt the virtues of great men. Those whose lives gave no evidence…

Events & Overview of the Pre-Civil War Era

Events & Overview of the Pre-Civil War Era

This section examines the changes that took place in voting, nominating procedures, party organization, and campaign strategies between 1820 and 1840; and…

In Defense Of General Forrest

In Defense Of General Forrest

General Forrest Bust in TN State Capitol  In 1871, Gen. Forrest was called before a Congressional Committee.  Forrest…

The Failed Federal Assault on Vicksburg’s Railroad Redoubt

The Failed Federal Assault on Vicksburg’s Railroad Redoubt

After a winter of maneuvering through the bayous of Louisiana and Mississippi, Grant ordered the Union Army of the Tennessee to move…

James Ronald Chalmers

James Ronald Chalmers

Chalmers was re-elected in 1880 but the election was contested by his Republican African-American opponent, John R. Lynch. Congress awarded the seat…

Jones Mitchell Withers

Jones Mitchell Withers

Early life and career Withers was born in 1814 in Huntsville, located in both Madison County and Limestone County, Alabama. He was…

Confederate Dog in the Civil War: Sawbuck

Confederate Dog in the Civil War: Sawbuck

Loyal dogs populated both armies in the Civil War. For every Union dog, there was a Confederate dog taking part in the…

The Battle Of Mill Springs

The Battle Of Mill Springs

The Battle of Mill Springs Logan’s Cross Roads, Fishing Creek Union Brig. Gen. George Thomas received orders to drive the Rebels across…

19th Century Yankee Discussed The Difference Between Southerners and Northerners

19th Century Yankee Discussed The Difference Between Southerners and Northerners

Our own race is boastful as well as intolerant and aggressive. This is especially true of the New England type, and hence…

John W. “Jack” Hinson, Civil War Sniper

John W. “Jack” Hinson, Civil War Sniper

John W. “Jack” Hinson, better known as “Old Jack” to his family, was a prosperous farmer in Stewart County, Tennessee. A non-political…

Atrocities and Slavery in the North

Atrocities and Slavery in the North

African-American Men Burned at the Stake in New York In England, burning had been used to punish rebellious women, peasants and poor…

The Founding Fathers & Slavery

The Founding Fathers & Slavery

“Declaration of Independence” painted by John Trumbull in 1819. The institution of slavery proved to be a difficult…

The Christian Character Of Robert E. Lee

The Christian Character Of Robert E. Lee

THERE is a natural tendency to conceal the faults and exalt the virtues of great men. Those whose lives gave no evidence…

Events & Overview of the Pre-Civil War Era

Events & Overview of the Pre-Civil War Era

This section examines the changes that took place in voting, nominating procedures, party organization, and campaign strategies between 1820 and 1840; and…

In Defense Of General Forrest

In Defense Of General Forrest

General Forrest Bust in TN State Capitol  In 1871, Gen. Forrest was called before a Congressional Committee.  Forrest…

The Failed Federal Assault on Vicksburg’s Railroad Redoubt

The Failed Federal Assault on Vicksburg’s Railroad Redoubt

After a winter of maneuvering through the bayous of Louisiana and Mississippi, Grant ordered the Union Army of the Tennessee to move…