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Civil War Saturday

Civil War Saturday: Oliver Otis Howard

Oliver Otis Howard, born November 8th, 1830, in Leeds, Maine, was a star-crossed general in the federal Army during the Civil War. He was an officer of unquestioned bravery, with a deep devotion to his Christian faith, and terribly maligned for actions that, in the main, were beyond his ability to control. Despite the political […]

Civil War Saturday: Sarah S. Sampson

“They also serve, who only stand and wait”. As the last line in John Milton’s Poem “On His Blindness”, he uses the phrase to point out that, despite his seeming disability, he has a place in God’s plans for the world. Sarah S. Sampson also had a bar to serving her country: She was a […]

Civil War Saturday: Thomas Worcester Hyde

Thomas Worcester Hyde, was born in Florence, Italy, on January 15, 1841, while his parents were touring Europe. Returning to Bath, Maine, he led a somewhat privileged life, graduating from Bowdoin College in 1861. He also received a concurrent degree from the University of Chicago at the same time. Hyde had gone to Chicago earlier, […]

Civil War Saturday: Bayonets

In American Civil War literature, no single item of equipment has had such a poor treatment as the bayonet. First appearing in the 17th century, the first known examples were said to have derived their name from the French Town of Bayonne, where it is alleged they were developed. Hard to say for certain. What […]

Civil War Saturday: An Army Travels On Its Stomach

There is a military axiom which says: Amateurs discuss tactics. Professionals discuss logistics. Great captains from our earliest days have understood that having an army does you no good if you cannot feed it, clothe it, arm it, and train it. This was a lesson learned, and that right well, by both sides during our […]