Let Us Cross Over The River

By order of the commanding general, I am here to remedy the lack of Civil War blogs on Tumblr. If you have any interest in the Civil War (vaguely interested/mildy/obsessed/fanatical), then this can be your headquarters. If you have any inquiries or questions, I'll be here. Both Yankees and Rebs accepted of course! Maj. Gen. KathyRose (well, okay, I'm a 19 year old English girl but no one has to know that!) Personal blog if anybody's interested: http://amildlookingsky.tumblr.com/


To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, photographer Michael Falco is shooting a project titled “Civil War 150 Pinhole Project.” His goal is to highlight the haunting beauty of civil war battlefields and to chronicle the various battle reenactments that are happening all across the country. To do so, he’s using large format pinhole cameras that gives the poetic images an old fashioned look.

View full set here: http://petapixel.com/2013/02/14/civil-war-reenactments-photographed-with-a-large-format-pinhole-camera/


The Eagle of the 8th 
By Don Troiano
Interesting fact:

The 8th Wisconsin were the only unit to carry their mascot, a eagle named Old Abe, into battle with them.


The Eagle of the 8th 

By Don Troiano

Interesting fact:

The 8th Wisconsin were the only unit to carry their mascot, a eagle named Old Abe, into battle with them.


September 19th-20th, 1863

The Battle of Chickamauga ends the Chickamauga Campaign in Tennessee and Georgia. The Confederate Army of Tennessee under Gen. Braxton Bragg engage the Union Army of the Cumberland under Maj. Gen. William Rosecrans, aiming to force the Federals out of Chattanooga, which they occupy. After misinformation, a gap accidentally appears in the Union line and is exploited by Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. A new defensive line is formed and after many costly assaults from Southern forces, the Union forces retire back to Chattanooga, leaving the Confederates to occupy the heights.The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of war and had the second highest number of casualties after Gettysburg. (x) (x) (x)


Women Soldiers of the Civil War-Remembering Women That Served During the Civil War on This Memorial Day

Much of the information available on female Civil War soldiers is found in their obituaries. (NARA, Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s - 1917, RG 94)

Despite the fact that the U.S. Army did not acknowledge or advertise their existence, it is surprising that the women soldiers of the Civil War are not better known today. After all, their existence was known at the time and through the rest of the nineteenth century. Even though some modern writers have considered Seelye and Cashier, the majority of historians who have written about the common soldiers of the war have either ignored women in the ranks or trivialized their experience. While references, usually in passing, are sometimes found, the assumption by many respected Civil War historians is that soldier-women were eccentric and their presence isolated. Textbooks hardly ever mention these women.

In 1862, at least four women, including Sarah Edmonds Seelye, converged on Antietam, Maryland. With more than 30,000 casualties, September 17 was the single bloodiest day of the Civil War. (NARA, 165-SB-19)



Obit of the Day (Historical): The Battle of Antietam (1862)

September 17, 1862 marks the 150th anniversary of not only the deadliest day of the U.S. Civil War but also in the entire military history of the United States. By the end of that late summer day, 3,654 Federal and Confederate soldiers lay dead on the Maryland battlefield. All told there were 23,000 casualties combined for North and South.

The leaders of the opposing forces were General George McClellan (U.S.A.) with his Army of the Potomac and General Robert E. Lee (C.S.A.) bringing with him the Army of Virginia. The battle began at 5:30 a.m. on the 17th and lasted 12 hours. From the start, the advantage was McClellan’s. Not only did his forces far outnumber Lee’s, 75,000 to 55,000, but McClellan had forewarning of Lee’s strategy when a corporal and sergeant discovered a copy of the Confederate battle plans, known as Special Order 191, wrapped around three cigars. But McClellan took advantage of neither, waiting 18 hours after finding the orders to attack Lee and leaving 25,000 troops completely inactive during the battle.

For all the loss of life the battle is deemed by historians as a “draw.” However since Lee was the one who fled the battlefield President Lincoln determined it to be a strategic, if tenuous, victory. (He did however fault McClellan for his complete lack of leadership and failure to press the Confederates after the battle. Eventually McClellan would be removed from command, and the general would actually run against Lincoln for president in 1864.)

The “victory” mattered for Lincoln because it gave him an opportunity to announce the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that would free the slaves - in Confederate territory. (Lincoln would not free the slaves in the U.S. for fear of alienating the border states, Maryland, Missouri, and Kentucky, who allowed slavery.) Had Lincoln issued the Proclamation after a Federal loss, it would have appeared to be a move of desperation. The Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863.

Sources: www.civilwar.org, www.thehistoricalarchive.com, wikipedia.org, and my history geek brain

(All images are photographs of Antietam taken by Alexander Gardner, a Scottish photographer, who took 70 photos of the battlefield and its dead.

Top left: loc.gov - “Confederate dead by a fence on the Hagerstown road”, September 1862. Facsimile. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (145) Digital ID # cwpb-01097

Top right: npr.org - “Bloody Lane”

Center: npr.org - “A lone grave on the Battle-field of Antietam”

Bottom left: shorpy.com - “Confederate soldier who after being wounded had evidently dragged himself to a little ravine on the hillside where he died.”

Bottom right: nationalparkstraveler.com - Untitled)