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Johnny Reb Relaxes in Camp (Confederate Veteran, 1930)

"Despite the stories by politicians of how we suffered the pangs of hunger, etc., etc., every veteran who actually soldiered can recall many blue spots on the sky of his memory; many days and nights when pleasure led the march and love burnished life with gold...One fortunate thing for us was that we had our games. Marbles, played with all the zest and and avidity of school boy days; cards, running the gamut through smut, loo, euchre, three-card monte, poker, cribage and whist; checks, and the royal game of chess."

The author of this short reminiscence also remarked upon the importance that music played in camp.

Click here to read about the heavy influence religion had in the Rebel states during the American Civil War.

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Robert E. Lee's Favorite General (Confederate Veteran, 1930)

Attached is an excerpt from Confederate Veteran Magazine in which one of the readers recalled the time when a touring English officer paid a visit to General Robert E. Lee (1807 1870) during the post-war period and asked him "who was the greatest military genius" of either side during the War between the states? Lee gave his answer without hesitation; some may be surprised to know his answer while others among you might not.

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Rebel General John McCausland: the Terror of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania (The Nation, 1927)

This small notice from THE NATION marked the death of General John McCausland (1836 1927), C.S.A.. Much to the disappointment of the town elders residing in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, McCausland (pardoned by President U.S. Grant) escaped the hangman and outlived every last Confederate general ever put in the field.

"'Hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year' when a thrill of horror went through the North as the news came that a Confederate cavalry general, one John McCausland, had led his troops into Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, on the thirtieth of July, 1864, and burned the greater part of that town to the ground...He was declared an outlaw, a brigand, a violator of all the decencies of war and the laws thereof; a beast who warred on women and children."

 

An Historic Telegram Addressed to General Sherman (The Nation, 1912)

THE NATION reported in 1912 that a telegram "of great historical importance" had been put up for auction (N.B.: the Twenty-First Century equivalent of a "telegram" is a text message). The telegram was addressed to General William Techumseh Sherman and signed by General U.S. Grant and it clearly gives Sherman free reign to ravage the countryside as he marched.

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General Sherman Recalls His War Record (The Atlantic Monthly, 1911)

The 1866 comments of General William Tecumseh Sherman (1820 - 1891) to Colonel Samuel M. Bowman, concerning the book Bowman was assembling, entitled Sherman and His Campaigns. General Sherman recalled his thoughts on such matters as the causes of the Civil War, the assassination of President Lincoln, the struggle for Kentucky, the use of the railways in war, the Great March and the political talents of President George Washington.

 

1863: The Importance of Chattanooga and East Tennessee
(National Park Service, 1956)

Situated where the Tennessee River passes through the Cumberland Mountains, forming gaps, Chattanooga was called the "Key to East Tennessee" and "Gateway to the deep South." The possession of Chattanooga was vital to the Confederacy, and a coveted goal of the Northern armies. Chattanooga's principal importance during the Civil War was it's position as a railroad center.

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