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About this Blog

Author Robert C. Plumb has created this blog to share information, opinions, and ideas about the subject of the American Civil War.  All segments of coverage about the War – academic treatise, “popular history,” and fictional accounts – will be included if they merit coverage and discussion.  After reading this blog if you are informed, enlightened, or encouraged to discover more, the author will consider that this blog is accomplishing what he intended.

Harriet Tubman: Scout, Spy, and Armed Combatant

Harriet Tubman: Scout, Spy, and Armed Combatant

Most women who actively supported the Union cause during the Civil War used the pen as their “weapon” of choice.  One notable exception to this was Harriet Tubman.  She took on the role as an armed participant in a Union raid on a site deep in Confederate territory in...

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Reinventing a Moribund Army Medical Corps

Reinventing a Moribund Army Medical Corps

Were the actual facts not so ghastly and heart wrenching, LeRoy Pope Walker’s comments just prior to the start of the Civil War would be laughable: “All the blood spilled as a result of the secession could be wiped up with a handkerchief.”  Walker, an Alabama state...

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The Civil War: Opening the Door to Women’s Suffrage

The Civil War: Opening the Door to Women’s Suffrage

“When the Civil War ended, woman was at least fifty years in advance of the normal position which confirmed peace would have assigned her.” Clara Barton The seed for women’s suffrage was planted in the small upstate New York town of Seneca Falls thirteen years prior...

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Washington City Under Threat

Washington City Under Threat

Washington City, as the District of Columbia was commonly referred to in the mid-nineteenth century, was frequently under threat during the Civil War. The two Battles of Bull Run (Manassas) in July 1861 and August of the following year caused citizens and Union...

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Christmas Letters From a Union Soldier

Christmas Letters From a Union Soldier

George P. McClelland served with the 155th Pennsylvania Infantry, Union Army of the Potomac, from August 1862 to June 1865.  He spent three Christmases in the field with his unit and wrote home to his sister Lizzie to report on his condition and to wish her the best...

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