Quote of the Day May 8 2012

The West Woods from Hauser’s Ridge

“It was so dark & dismal in that fearful woods which I was rapidly traveling with messages from Jackson that at times I could not tell thunder from artillery & was semi-bewildered as to the locality of our cannon; an experience I have never forgotten.” Henry Kyd Douglas describing the night before the battle as he carried messages and helped place artillery.  Marginal annotation made in Henderson, 2:228, Douglas Library. From Stonewall Jackson The Man, The Soldier, The Legend by James I. Robertson.  New York:  Macmillan Publishing Co, 1997 page 611.

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Quote of the Day April 24, 2012

John B. Gordon

“He dressed for a battle as others would dress for a ball, and when the boys saw his clear gauntlets and his shining epaulets on him, they ate all their rations, lest they should die before they had a chance to finish them.”  One of John B. Gordon’s soldiers describes his commander. From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 242.

Quote of the Day April 13, 2012

Territorial Map of Minnesota

“Since that time a cavalry and an infantry regiment have been offered to me, which I declined. They are Pennsylvania troops and maybe it would have been better for me to accept a regiment from my state, but I have been a long time with the Minnesota people and they know me.”  Captain Alfred Sully writing in a letter home of his preference for command of a Minnesota regiment.  He would become the third commander of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry on March 4, 1862 and lead them in battle on the Peninsula and in the Maryland Campaign.  Sully served at Fort Ridgely during the 1850s.  From the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry website:  http://www.1stminnesota.net/SearchResults.php3?ID=1240

Quote of the Day April 9, 2012

The Sunken Road - Looking east near the Roulette Lane

“a savage continual thunder that cannot compare to any sound I ever heard.”  An Ohioan describes the fight in the Sunken Road. From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 138.Originally from Landscape Turned Red by Stephen Sears. New York:  Ticknor & Fields, 1983 page 241.

Quote of the Day April 7 2012

First Minnesota Infantry most advanced position looking out of the West Woods

“If the horrors of war cannot be seen on this battlefield they cant be seen any where.  The Rebbles fought well-I will give them credit for that.”  Charley Goddard, September 19 1862. From The Last Full Measure The Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers by Richard Moe.  New York:  Avon Books, 1993 page 190.  Originally from Charles Goddard, letter to mother, Sep 19 1862 Orrin F. Smith and Family Papers. Minnesota Historical Society.

Quote of the Day April 5, 2012

Confederate artillery behind the Sunken Road

“Gen. Longstreet working like a man god in center.” Thomas Goree describing Longstreet’s herculean efforts to hold the center of the Confederate line at Antietam.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 140. Originally from Longstreet’s Aide: The Civil War Letters of Major Thomas J. Goree by Thomas W. Cutrer, editor. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995 page 26.

Quote of the Day April 4, 2012

Antietam Sunrise September 17, 2010

“The sun seemed almost to go backwards, and it appeared as if night would never come”  William J. DeRusset from North Carolina recalls the long day at Antietam.  From A Glorious Army by Jeffry D. Wert. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2011 page 136.  Originally from William J. Russet to My Dear Sir, (D.H. Hill) June 18, 1885, Hill Papers, LVA.