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"Thank God Lincoln had only one 79th Highlander Regiment"


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By Tony Mandara


The original text of this article appeared in issue 67 (December 2001) of Crossfire, the magazine of the ACWRT (UK)


At first, war was for dressing up in eccentric outfits; but soon the reputation of a regiment was judged not on its sartorial taste but on its ability to perform on the battlefield. One New York regiment learned the hard way.


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A Lost Opportunity? Grant in the Wilderness - May 1864


James Falkner



Report by Greg Bayne


As befitting any James Falkner lecture, we were unexpectedly hit right from the start with James's premise that Grant had a clear cut opportunity with his 1864 offensive to inflict a decisive victory against Lee and end the war.




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A Sussex Bank Manager's Civil War


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In 1993, Round Table member Julian Nassau-Kennedy forwarded a transcript of a letter (1) penned by Henry George Hore, an Englishman. Hore's respectable (but to us much less interesting) career as manager of the Capital & Counties Bank in Chichester, Sussex, lay in the future, for the letter dated May 1863 was written on the move, while fighting alongside Union General John Sedgwick's VI Corps at the battle of Chancellorsville.


Since its repulse from Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862, the Northern Army of the Potomac had been gathering strength for another push on the Southern capitol of Richmond. Now outnumbering General Lee's Southern army by 2:1, new Union Commander, Joseph Hooker, planned to move half his army around Lee and 'Stonewall' Jackson's forces, while the Union VI Corps under General John Sedgwick was to pin the Southerners against Fredericksburg. Hooker was sure this would give Lee and Jackson the stark choice of uncovering Fredericksburg or being outflanked.


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Ambrose Bierce and Henry Morton Stanley at the Battle of Shiloh, 1862


Ambrose Bierce

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By John Laskey


(From his article '‘The Devil’s Own Day’ - A Simple Story' which appeared in Crossfire No 69, August 2002).


"This is a simple story of a battle; such a tale as may be told by a soldier who is no writer to a reader who is no soldier" (Ambrose Bierce - 'What I Saw At Shiloh')




"Doctor Livingstone, I presume?"


The words that most readers will associate with a 20-year-old Confederate volunteer of this simple story of a battle. How about:


"Peyton Farquhar was dead: his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of Owl Creek Bridge"?


It’s the ‘punchline’ from one of the most famous ‘twist in the tale’ short stories ever published; its author Ambrose Bierce (pictured) was a 20-year-old volunteer in the Union Army of the Ohio.




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Another Look at the Generalship of R.E. Lee


Tony Daly welcomed 84 members who attended Dr Gary Gallagher's talk at the National Army Museum in London. For Gary, a Professor of History at the University of Virginia, it was his first visit to Britain.




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