Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Introduction: 'Civil War in Appalachia'


Here is important information about my new series that will take a few months to complete. There are countless resources on the internet, in the media, and so forth about the Civil War. I will be concentrating on Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. What can my readers expect from me? It is about research and interesting things i have found out about the war. So those who don't care much about what i think or write about will not be interested in the ol hillbilly's ramblings. For those of you who do follow my site i hope to not bore you alot. To any new visitors who find this site interesting i want to personally thank you for dropping by.

Remember i will also be doing other articles on different subjects in addition to this series. If i get through in a year i probably will be lucky. So hope y'all hang in there with me.

Here is some outstanding general information about the Civil War in America to supplement my Appalachian Civil War Series:

Due to a high number of my friends asking me for information that may or may not be related to my six state coverage of the Civil War in Appalachia i have added this scroll capsule for some great information i have found about the Civil War in America. Hope this helps you with research or study as i do my series.
For a truly outstanding place to research Civil war soldiers and regiments visit the NPS
Civil War Homepage
An absolutely wonderful source of information is found at CivilWarHome.
Here are some topics they have researched for you. When you click a topic it will take you to that particular page. You will need to click your BACK button on your browser button to return to this section at my blog.
Civil War Potpourri Great information about the Civil War that fits into no particular category!

A Horseman In The Sky
This is a great little story by Ambrose Bierce. It first appeared in "Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" published in 1891.

Abolition and Religion
A short article on how these two were dealt with in the Civil War.

Balloons With The Army Of The Potomac
A personal reminiscence by Professor T. S. C. Lowe, who introduced and made balloon observations on the Peninsula for the Union Army.

Black Codes
Passed by Southern politicians in the former Confederate states, 1865-66, these codes were meant to regulate the life and labor of newly freed slaves.

An interesting article about the initial blockading of the Southern seaports by the Union Navy.

Border States
As far as Lincoln was concerned there were four of them. Here is a brief description.

Boys In The Civil War
How young they were! Yet every bit the full measure of a man.

Burnside's Mud March
An interesting event that occurred between the battle of Fredericksburg and the battle of Chancellorsville.

Cadets In The Fray
This is the best short description of the VMI Cadets participation at the battle of New Market that I have read.

Capture Of John Wilkes Booth
From the Official Records, here is Lieut. Edward P. Doherty's, Sixteenth New York Cavalry, Official Report of the incident.

Casualties in the Civil War
The price in blood, how great it was! Just a little something to put it in perspective.

Causes Of The Civil War
Something unique here and not what you were taught in school. The causes as the Confederates saw them.

Cavalry, Its Evolution and Influence
A good article detailing the "growing up" of the cavalry.

Cavalry Battles and Charges
A fairly long article about this most important aspect of the war that is often overlooked.

Civil War All Stars
For the students amongst you. Got an English assignment to write something using metaphors? Take a look at this. Written over 30 years ago and still fresh.

Civil War Battle Names
Nope, this does not give a list of battle names. It does give a pretty good explanation as to why the Union and Confederate forces called the battles by different names.

Civil War Book Chats
These are Civil War Home Chatroom discussions about various Civil War books. Each book is discussed chapter by chapter.

Civil War Correspondents Memorial Arch
One of the most unusual memorials to come out of the Civil War. Resting atop South Mountain, it is a "must" see when visiting the Antietam Battlefield.

Civil War Discussions
These are copies of the weekly discussions held by members of a Civil War Chat Room. Even if you don't like chat rooms you will probably enjoy reading these very enlightening and in-depth discussions.

Civil War "Firsts"
Ever thought about how many things that we take for granted today actually first happened in the Civil War? You might just be surprised.

Civil War's Interesting Kin Folks
Think you have problems sorting out who's who at a family reunion? Take a look at this beauty.

Civil War Military-Telegraph Service
One of the most often overlooked but yet one of the most valuable Civil War services.

Civil War Names
"A war by any other name..." Just a few of the different names used to describe the Civil War.

Civil War Propaganda
A little on this seldom discussed aspect of the Civil War.

Civil War Provost-Marshal And the Citizen
A little on how the Writ of Habeas Corpus was kind of set aside during the war.

Civil War Weapons
Descriptions of the various weapons used during the Civil War.

Class of 1846
A list of some of the Civil War generals from that class.

Compromise Of 1850
Another step take to prevent secession.

Confederate Generals Killed In the Civil War
This provides a list of the Confederate generals who were killed in action or died of wounds as a result of that action.

Confiscation Act of 1862
This Act led to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Congressional Medal of Honor
Just a little something to show that the Medal of Honor given during the Civil War was not the same as those given today.

Conscription (Military Draft)
It didn't start until later in the war, however, when it did, if you didn't volunteer, they came after you.

Conscientious Objectors
Both sides had to deal with this issue.

A short article that explains a little about the origin of this word in the Civil War.

Copperheads (Peace Democrats)
No, this is not about the coin. However, they did wear it as their symbol.

Costs Of The Civil War
Ever thought about what this war might have cost? It wasn't cheap!

Cotton Diplomacy
A brief description of how the South tried to use their cotton to bring England into the Civil War.

Cotton Is King
Interesting article on the role cotton played in the war.

Death Of Lincoln
An interesting article that describes Lincoln's death and the events that followed it.

Definitions of Civil War Terms
This lists provides definitions of some of the more obscure terms that will be encountered when researching Civil War era documentation.

Division Of The States
A dandy map showing how the country was divided at the beginning of the war.

Election of 1864
A good explanation of this most important election.

Emancipation Proclamation
Before this document it was a war to preserve the Union. After the Proclamation it was a war not only to preserve the Union, but a crusade to free the slaves.

Emancipation Proclamation Background Information
Just a little something to show how this "proclamation" came to be and the reactions to it.

Espionage In The Civil War
This article has a direct relationship to "Spying in the Civil War" linked farther down the page.

Ethnic Composition Of The Forces
In this age of "political correctness," where everything must be equally balanced, have you ever thought about the make-up of the armies during the war? Well, if you did, this will make some good reading for you.

Europe And The American Civil War
Just what was the relationship between Europe, the U.S.A. and the C.S.A? Just a little something that might help you understand.

Famous Horses Of The Civil War
It is amazing but some of the horses became almost as famous as those that rode them.

Freedmen, (Freed Slaves)
Discusses the disposition of the freed slaves (including the Freedmen's Bureau) of the Civil War. The Report(s) of the Freedmen Inquiry Commission linked from this page contain probably the most detailed information on slavery on the Internet.

George Townsend, Correspondent
One of the most read Newspaper Correspondents to come out of the Civil War, this page contains a series of excerpts from his book, "Campaigns of a Non-Combatant."

Great Locomotive Chase In Georgia
The survivors of this raid were the first ever to receive the Medal of Honor.

Now if you're looking for something that is not widely know about the war, take a look at this. I don't suppose it would surprise you to know that there was a lot of finger pointing after the Battle of Gettysburg.

John Brown's Raid
It wasn't a part of the Civil War, but it sure played a pretty big role in getting it started.

Joint Committee On The Conduct Of The War
Not the best investigative group but they did have a few good points.

Kansas-Nebraska Act
Would there have been a Civil War without this? Who knows.

Ku Klux Klan
This article only addresses the Klan as it applied to the Reconstruction era.

Legal Tender Acts
An interesting article on the origin of the "Greenback".

Lincoln/Douglas Debates
Though not a part of the Civil War, they most certainly played a part in its beginning.

Lincoln And Emancipation
Explains what the Emancipation Proclamation did and did not do.

Lincoln And Greeley
Horace Greeley's New York Tribune article and Lincoln's reply to it.

Lost Cause
An unusual term that few know the real meaning of.

Mason-Dixon Line
The traditional border between Northern and Southern states.

Meaning Of The Battle Losses
If you read the section of this website on Fox's Regimental Losses you saw a lot of numbers. Now read just what those numbers meant.

Military Division Of The United States After The Civil War
Immediately following the Civil War President Johnson divided the country into military divisions. This is the order that implemented that division.

Mint Julep
Just a fine recipe detailing just how this great elixir of the Old South should be made. Even if you don't drink I think you will enjoy reading this.

Missouri Compromise Of 1820
The first step taken to prevent secession.

New York Draft Riots
Conscription was not popular, North or South.

Newspaper Advertisement
It should not be surprising that the newspapers of the day had their share of advertisements.

Northern Industry In The Civil War
Describes how the war affected the Northern Industry.

Peace Societies
The Union had their Copperheads, the Confederacy had their Peace Societies.

Both the North and the South had pensions for their veterans and they were not the same.

Photographing The Civil War
An interesting article taken from the Photographic History of the Civil War.

Pickett's Charge
One of the best descriptions of this particular portion of the Battle of Gettysburg that I have seen. Well worth a look see.

An article on this lifestyle peculiar to the ante bellum South.

Poems and Songs Of The Civil War
I know that there are lots of sites on the Internet with this title. I Looked at most of them and they are very good. However, these are just the ones I like. Not to worry though, I am constantly adding to this portion of my website. I hope to have a lot more up there.

Population Of The U.S. (1860 Census)
Provides charts for population of both free and slave based on the 1860 census.

Post Civil War South
A short article about what the conditions were like in the South immediately following the Civil War.

Prisons And Prisoners
Provides articles on both the prisoners and the prisons that held them.

If you want to know what the Southerners went through in the years immediately following the war, you need to look it this. It wasn't very pretty.

Republicans And The Civil War
Describes how the Republican Party came to be and explains the meaning of the terms "Black Republican" and "Radical Republican."

Secession, The Union View
Interesting how the Yanks (or at least one) viewed the "Secession."

Another cause of the war. This one deals with the economics of it all.

Signal Corps
Want to know how various portions of the army communicated with one another during the battle? This combined with the Civil War Military Telegraph Service (located elsewhere on this page) will give a clear idea of how most of the communications were accomplished.

Sherman's Bowties
An unusual name for a very unusual act during Sherman's march to the sea.

Sherman's "Bummers"
You can believe that these folks weren't No. 1 on the people of Georgia's "Most Well Liked" list.

Sherman's March To The Sea
Presents the Union version of this event.

Sherman And The Colored Ministers
The minutes of a very interesting meeting between Sherman and a group of colored ministers in Savannah.

Slavery In The Civil War Era
Very good, detailed information about this "peculiar institution."

Spying In The Civil War
Yep, they even had spies in this war. Both sides did a pretty fair job of it too, considering the times.

St. Louis Massacre
It wasn't big, but it did happen.

States' Rights
Just a little something on a controversial issue that led up to the Civil War.

Ever wonder where the first idea that the last Thursday of November would to be Thanksgiving Day came from? It might just surprise you.

Transportation And Commerce
An interesting look, comparing transportation and commerce in the North and the South.

The American Question Abroad
An interesting article about the diplomatic maneuvering going on in Europe in regards to the Civil War.

The Civil War's Last Great Peace Effort
This meeting took place between Lincoln and representatives of the Confederate Government in February 1865. Also provided is Lincoln's official response to congress about the meeting.

A little about the other Southern crop.

No Civil War site would be complete without a little something on Lee's favorite war-horse, "Traveller."

Trent Affair
Taken from the Confederate Military History, this is a little discussed incident of the war.

Union And Confederate Indians
From "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War," a good description of the Indians that fought for both sides.

Union Generals Killed In The War
This provides a list of the Union generals who were killed in action or died of wounds as a result of that action.

Veterans' Organizations
Articles on "The Grand Army of the Republic" and "The United Confederate Veterans".

War As A Popular Educator
Article originally published in The Philadelphia Weekly Times around 1877. A good read!

War By The Brave Against The Brave
A great piece written by Maj. Gen. John B. Gordon, CS, that shows even in the cruelty of war there were some very humanitarian acts.

War On Horseback
A very good description of both sides' cavalry during the war.

Woman's Order
If you ever wondered how Benjamin Butler earned the nickname "The Beast," you are about to find out.

Women In Uniform
Bet you didn't know that there were women who dressed as men in the Civil War and fought right along side the men. Well, they did. Take a look.
If you would like more information i would highly recommend you visit the homepage of this outstanding Civil War website. The URL is:

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