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Women in the War, pt. 1

Prior to the Civil War, women in the United States of America had a clearly defined role within society. For the majority of women, this meant remaining in the private sphere and caring for their families. Even one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, believed that the role of women was to “sooth and calm […]

Jackson

A few weeks ago I posted about the role the United States Military Academy at West Point played in supplying both the Union and the Confederacy with many of its leaders, pitting classmate against classmate. The West Point class of 1846 produced a number of Civil War leaders, including George B. McClellan, George E. Pickett […]

Capturing the War

When I was a junior and a senior in high school, I was able to take three extra elective courses in addition to my required classes. I had already filled two of these spaces with a choir class and an extra history class (there is really no exaggeration when I say I’m a history nerd), […]

The Lauded Little Mac

In the post “The Cowardly Lion on the Peninsula,” Brian introduced you to the faults of General George B. McClellan.  However, what has yet to be explored is how the soldiers or the public felt about their now heavily criticized commander.  Did they see McClellan as a coward or was he considered more of a […]

Alexander Gardner and Immortality

Whether I am staying at home or in my dorm room at UVa, there is a poster that I always bring with me and hang proudly on my wall.  The poster is of Abraham Lincoln shortly before he delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, but he is not the star of the show.  Under the large image […]