Best Little Stories from the Civil War: More Than 100 True Stories
C. Brian Kelly
The Civil WAR You Never Knew...
Behind the bloody battles, strategic marches, and decorated generals lie more than 100 intensely personal, true stories you haven't heard before. In Best Little Stories from the Civil War, soldiers describe their first experiences in battle, women observe the advances and retreats of armies, spies recount their methods, and leaders reveal the reasoning behind many of their public actions. Fascinating characters come to life, including:
Former U.S. Senator Robert Toombs of Georgia, who warned the Confederate cabinet not to fall for Lincoln's trap by firing on reinforcements, thereby allowing Lincoln to claim the South had fired the first shots of the war at Fort Sumter.
Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, who disbanded the 13th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, scattered its men, gave its guns to other units, and ordered its officers home, accusing all of cowardly performance in battle.
Thomas N. Conrad, a Confederate spy operating in Washington, who warned Richmond of both the looming Federal Peninsula campaign in the spring of 1863 and the attack at Fredericksburg later that year.
Private Franklin Thomson of Michigan, born as Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought in uniform for the Union during the war and later was the only female member of the postwar Union Grand Army of the Republic.
114 “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” 87 Bear Inlet, North Carolina, 180 Bear Willow, Kentucky, 180 Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant, 11, 25, 30, 31, 32, 37, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 72, 83, 129 Beauvoir estate, 277, 278 Bee, Barnard, 46, 47 Beemer’s Woods, 210 Bell, John, 17 Benjamin, Judah, 17, 271 Bennett, James Gordon, 298, 300 Bentonville, Battle of, 134 Berkowitz, Louis J., 98 Berryville, Virginia, 210 Bibb, George, 282 Birckham, William D., 119 Blacks during the war, 161–164.
P., 67, 127, 130, 136, 298 Chattanooga, Battle of, 114, 150, 172, 173, 198, 250, 309 Cheatham, Benjamin, 115, 197 Chesapeake and Ohio canal, 66, 67 Chesapeake Bay, 40, 262 Chesnut, James, 181–185 Chesnut, Mary Boykin, 10, 93, 94, 95, 102, 103, 167, 181–185, 271, 272 Chester Court House, South Carolina, 185 Chesterfield County, Virginia, 219 Chicago, Illinois, 293 Chickahominy River, 39, 88, 89 Chickamauga, Battle of, 77, 102, 114, 121, 129, 172, 197, 198, 223, 239, 309 Chile, 300.
“Cooking utensils in chimney.” April 3: “Hair out of uniform”—Mark that one! May 14: “Gazing about in ranks. “ And so on, until his graduation from the Military Academy in June of 1861—after the Civil War had begun with the firing on Fort Sumter and a few other clashes. As the demerits and behavior pattern might suggest, he graduated thirty-fourth in a class of thirty-four—dead last. And highest of all in total demerits earned. And for what further activities had he been cited in those years,.
Watching the Union flight with members of a Virginia artillery battery. The younger sharpshooters of Delaware Kemper’s Battery asked the famous “first-shooter” if he would like to fire an honorary round with a gun aimed at one of the turnpike bridges: the Cub Run span. He was more than happy to oblige. And wonder of wonders, it allegedly was Ruffin’s own shot that squarely hit the bridge and upended a wagon across its roadway, blocking it. “Wagons waiting to cross the bridge were now abandoned.
Weeks ahead. Of the 267 other men who collectively made up the Confederate Congress, about one-third had been U.S. congressmen before the Civil War changed their lives and political careers. A clear majority, for that matter, had political experience on federal, state, or local levels. Their lot in the more permanent Confederate capital of Richmond was not so enviable, noted history professor Bell Irvin Wiley in his book Letters of Warren Akin: Confederate Congressman (University of Georgia.