American Civil War

Morgenrot_Morning Glow

Morgenrot_Morning Glow

The 26th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was a “German” Regiment raised for the Union during the American Civil War. It was nicknamed “The Sigel Regiment” after Franz Sigel himself a German immigrant from Baden. Twelve regiments of Germans were raised in 1862 from areas in the north with heavy German immigrant populations. The 26th Wisconsin was […]

Day One Gettysburg, Iron Brigade Tribute

On this day in history, July 1st, 1863, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia met the Union Army of the Potomac at the small town of Gettysburg. Union Cavalry held up the initial Confederate advance until the Union First Corps could come up to reinforce them. First of the scene was the 1st Brigade of […]

The Men Stood Like Iron_Book Review

McClellan: “What are those troops fighting on the pike?” Hooker: “General Gibbon’s brigade of Western men.” McClellan: “They must be made of iron.” Hooker: “By the Eternal, they are iron! If you had seen them at Bull Run [2nd Bull Run] as I did. You would know them to be iron. McClellan: “Why, General Hooker, […]

The “2nd German” 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The 2000 census shows that 53% of Wisconsin’s population claims some German ancestry. During the Civil War a number of regiments consisted primarily of soldiers of one nationality. The best example is probably the Irish Brigade consisting of New England Regiments. Because of the huge number of immigrants from German areas of Europe whole regiments […]

The Iron Brigade at Gettysburg-Book Review

“Where has the firmness of the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg been surpassed in history?” Asked Rufus Dawes in a letter from Marietta, Ohio to an 1884 reunion of his Lemonweir Minute Men at Mauston [WI]. “Two thousand muskets were carried into battle and for four long hours these men breasted the billows of rebellion until […]

Old Soldiers and November 11th

In the late 1950′s and early 1960′s my dad would take me to Milwaukee County Stadium to watch the Milwaukee Braves play. It was an enormously big deal for a boy who loved baseball to see the Braves, a team I might add, that never had a losing season while in Milwaukee (1953-1965)! County Stadium […]

Book Review: Valley Thunder by Charles R. Knight

The Battle of New Market, Virginia, May, 1864 was a rather small affair by American Civil War standards. Only about 10,000 men on both sides were involved. Yet, it is one of the most popular, well-known battles of the War Between the States. The reason for this is because of the charge of the VMI […]

The Personal Side of Thomas “Stonewall”Jackson

The Personal Side of Thomas “Stonewall”Jackson

Most students of the American Civil War know Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson as a great General and devout Christian but few know him as a family man. When we visited Lexington, VA last week we had the opportunity to learn about General Jackson’s home life by taking a tour of the house he and his wife […]

Missouri Cavalry in Virginia?

We visited the Battlefield at New Market, VA today. It was not a large battle by Civil War standards, less than ten thousand men engaged between the two sides. I found this story interesting. There was one company of Missouri Cavalry on the Confederate side at New Market. They numbered 62 men and were without […]

General Lee’s Resting Place

Yesterday we spent a good part of our day in Lexington, Virginia. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University, named for George Washington and Robert E. Lee who served as the university’s president following the Civil War. One of the guides told us that Lee had turned down a $50,000 a year offer from […]

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