Author Archives: Mark

First Wednesdays – Deathbed Confessional: “I Shot Stonewall Jackson”

“I at once said who goes there?”  Or at least that’s how “Little Bill” Kirk’s version of Stonewall Jackson’s fatal wounding began.  The legend of Stonewall Jackson is one of the most enduring hallmarks of the Lost Cause of the … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – Lee’s Lost Order

Perhaps no other document from the American Civil War has engendered as much speculation or controversy as the infamous Special Order 191, or as it is more generally known, the “Lost Order” or the “Lost Dispatch.”  Historians have argued for … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – The Peninsula Campaign: A North Carolinian’s View from the Field

The Peninsula Campaign was significant for many reasons:  it was the first concerted, large-scale attempt by Union forces to capture Richmond; it solidified General Robert E. Lee’s place in history as the preeminent southern general; and, upon its completion, was … Continue reading

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