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  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Early Days- Martin A. Haynes

    The war’s first large land battle began with both sides confident of quick victory. But as one Union participant remembered in 1865, few things in wartime are really as they first appear. About a mile beyond was the little village of...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    A 100-Days Soldier

    NAME: Thomas Allen Ware DATES: 1829-1907 ALLEGIANCE: Union HIGHEST RANK: 3rd Sergeant UNITS: 27th Ohio National Guard and 149th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company C. SERVICE RECORD: Joined in July 1863, Company C of 27th Ohio National Guard...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Letters of James Quilliam

    James Daniel Quilliam was born on February 2, 1836, to James and Margaret Cain Quilliam, who had emigrated to the United States from the Isle of Man. The family had purchased land in the rural area of Westfield, N.Y., where J.D. Quilliam...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Desperate Deeds of Valor

    New Englander Warren Lee Goss caught “the war fever” after hearing that Confederate sympathizers in Baltimore had attacked the 6th Massachusetts on its way to Washington, D.C., on April 19, 1861. He soon found that Army life required a...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Johnadab Bowles

    NAME: Johnadab Bowles DATES: 1842 to 1909 ALLEGIANCE: Union HIGHEST RANK: Private UNIT: 67th New York Infantry; 2nd U.S. Artillery, Battery G SERVICE RECORD: Joined in April 1861, 67th New York Infantry. Enlisted in Battery G, 2nd U.S....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    The Secret War Between Grant and Halleck

    ‘No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works.’ In February 1862, newspapers all over the North were reporting the capture of Confederate Fort Donelson in...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    ‘A Hole You Could Put Your Fist In’

    NAME: Marshall Noah McKusick DATES: 1841 to 1908 ALLEGIANCE: Union HIGHEST RANK: Second Lieutenant UNIT: 6th Maine, 1st Battalion, Light Artillery SERVICE RECORD: Enlisted December 10, 1861. Fought at Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run,...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Philadelphia: Economy of War

    Philadelphia’s contribution to the Union war effort was as expansive and diverse as the city itself. When the Civil War erupted in 1861, Philadelphia’s size and economic output placed it second only to New York in population and...

  • AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR MAGAZINE

    Conversation Piece: Military Honors

    John A. Rawlins served as Ulysses S. Grant’s chief of staff throughout the war and Grant referred to him as his most “indispensable” officer. ...

  • Civil War Times

    Slave to Soldier: Fighting for Freedom

    “What shall we do with the Negro?” was a question posed in Northern newspapers as early as the summer of 1861. The question, of course, revealed an underlying attitude— white people still regarded African Americans as objects, not...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    ACW Book Review: Gallant Dutchmen

    Gallant Dutchmen: Civil War Letters From the 32nd Indiana Infantry by August Willich (translated and edited by Joseph R. Reinhart, Kent State University Press, Kent, Ohio, 2006, $35) Discussions about the participation of German immigrants...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    McClellan’s Missed Opportunity

    The May 27, 1862, Confederate defeat at Hanover Court House might have spelled doom for the Southern rebellion. The Civil War could have ended in the spring of 1862. Major General George B. McClellan’s brilliantly conceived Peninsula...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    The Unstoppable Mr. Smalls

    He would go on to share intelligence with the U.S. Navy, fight in 17 naval battles, rise to the rank of major general, overcome illiteracy, publish a newspaper, win state and congressional offices, serve as a U.S. collector of customs and...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    Connecticut Man Joins the Union Army

    He had what so many covet: a “good job.” His bank clerk position was entry level to be sure, but Frank Wells’ abilities and family connections would undoubtedly help him move up the ladder.The 20-year-old Connecticut...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    East Versus West

    Eastern theater battles grabbed the headlines, but Western theater campaigns decided the war. The Civil War was an enormous struggle that raged in Glorieta Pass in the New  Mexico Territory to Norfolk,Virginia, a span of nearly 2,000...

  • MHQ Magazine

    The North’s Last POW Camp

    During the Civil War, more Confederate soldiers died at Chicago’s Camp Douglas than on any battlefield ...