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Published 4/25/2012

The Surrender of New Orleans Part 2: The Machines and Technology

By: Laura June Davis Category: Iron Men Afloat

As you know, today—April 25th—marks the 150th anniversary of the fall of New Orleans. Part 2 of our tribute to the surrender of the Crescent City is located on the Civil War Navy Sesquicentennial with "Facing the Forts: The West Gulf Blockading Squadron." We hope you enjoy!

Published 4/25/2012

The Surrender of New Orleans Part 1: The Men and The Skirmish

By: Laura June Davis Category: Iron Men Afloat

Today marks the sesquicentennial of the fall of New Orleans (April 25, 1862). As such, The Civil War Monitor is commemorating this event with a two-part series on the surrender. Below is Part One which focuses on the men and the skirmishes behind New Orleans' surrender.

Published 4/15/2012

Did a C.S.S. Alabama Veteran Die in the Titanic Disaster?

By: Andy Hall Category: Sesquicentennials

Samuel Beard Risien and his wife, Emma, died aboard the infamous White Star Liner in April 1912. Was he also, as he claimed, a veteran of the famous Confederate sea raider from a half-century before?

Published 4/12/2012

Voice from the Past: "Another Bloodless Victory"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

In belated honor of the fall of Fort Pulaski (April 11, 1862), we bring you Miss Susan Walker's account of the battle:

Published 4/7/2012

Voice from the Past: "Those Savage Yells, And The Sight of Thousands of Racing Figures Coming Towards Them"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

We close our Shiloh sesquicentennial celebration with Henry Morton Stanley’s recollection of the battle and the effectiveness of the legendary rebel yell.

Published 4/7/2012

Voice from the Past: "Victory is Sufficiently Complete...Victory is Lost"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Our sesquicentennial celebration of the Battle of Shiloh continues with an excerpt from Confederate Colonel S.H. Lockett's account of the battle printed in Battles and Leaders. It recalls how quickly the tide turned for the southern forces.

Published 4/6/2012

The Drummer Boy of Shiloh

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

One of the legends of Shiloh was of a young drummer boy who died on the battlefield. Cast as a young lad who had run away from home to seek adventure...

Published 4/6/2012

Voice from the Past: "Terrible Tales of the Scenes in Corinth"

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

In honor of Shiloh's sesquicentennial, we bring you the following voice from the past. Taken from the April 9, 1862 diary of Kate Cumming, it recounts the battle's deadly aftermath.

Published 4/2/2012

Three Hundred Thousand More

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Good afternoon! Today we bring you an 1862 song written by John S. Gibbons, to aid Lincoln's call for 300,000 more Union troops. It first appeared in the New York Evening Post.  

Published 3/30/2012

Song of a Southern Prisoner to the Ladies of Baltimore

By: Laura June Davis Category: From the Archives

Happy Friday! We close Women's History Month with this song, entitled "Southern Prisoner. Gives His Thanks to the Baltimore Ladies."