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Confederate Sharpshooter Selection: From Falstaff's Army to Fighting Elite The story of Confederate sharpshooters and their historical perspective.
John Brown: The Western Pennsylvania Connection The abolitionist's years residing in Pennsylvania.
A Recruit's Trials A new recruit of the 99th Pennsylvania recounts his capture and brief imprisonment.
Otto Botticher, The great Western Sanitary Fair, and the Union War Prisoners Association Union officer and famed lithographer Otto Botticher uses his talents to promote the Union War Prisoners Association.
5th U.S. Artillery at Gaines Mill An account of the the bloody fighting at Gaines Mill.
Our Battery The history of Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery.
Capt. James Wolf A Confederate officer from Petersburg, Va.
Anecdote of Gen. Polk Confederate Gen. Leonidas Polk experiences a near miss.
Spring 2009 - The Bivouac Banner Volume VIII, Issue 1
Blood and Fire: 1st Kansas Colored Infantry A short history of the first black regiment to serve in the Union army.
From Epic War To Epic Novel Lew Wallace was best known for his writing but he also played an important role in the Civil War.
Medal of Honor at Sailor's Creek Charles Taggart of the 37th Mass. recounts the events for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Union Jack - The Prisoner's Pet A faithful canine is loyal to his soldier masters even in imprisonment.
History of Hamilton Post No. 20, G.A.R. The history and roster of a Grand Army of the Republic post in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Youngest Corporal The wounding of thirteen year old John Packham of the 34th Ohio.
The Long Road: Just Plain Miserable The continuing saga of the 9th Connecticut and their wayward drummer boy.
Fall 2008 - The Bivouac Banner Volume VII, Issue 3
Ministering to the Wounded at Gettysburg A minister travels to Gettysburg following the battle in order to care for the wounded.
Gettysburg: Fifty Years Ago A poem reminiscing on the Battle of Gettysburg, written by a Union officer in honor of his Confederate friend.
Pittsburgh's Role in the Founding of the Republican Party A history of the formation of the Republican party with emphasis on its Pittsburgh roots.
Fire Zouaves at Bull Run A frantic letter home tells of the Union debacle at 1st Bull Run.
The First V.M.I Baseball Team A cadet tells the story of the Virginia Military Institute's first baseball team, formed shortly after the end of the war.
The 77th Pennsylvania at the Siege of Corinth An account of the capture of Corinth, MS in May, 1862.
The Long Road: Fightin's a-Waiting The 9th Connecticut continues its journey down the Shenandoah Valley and a poem in honor of the regiment.
The Crucible - Part VII The final chapter in the saga Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine.
Summer 2008 - The Bivouac Banner Volume VII, Issue 2
The Capture of Gen. Marmaduke An account of the capture of Confederate Gen. John S. Marmaduke at the Battle of Mine Creek.
The Buchanan Legacy: A Western Pennsylvania Perspective A brief look at the presidency of James Buchanan and the events leading to the Civil War.
The Grand Review An account of the Grand Review of the Union armies in Washington, D.C.
Ambrose Noble Baldwin The story of a captain in the 20th New York State Militia who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg.
The Savage Truth: The Truth About Caltrops A short discussion on the use of caltrops in the Civil War.
The Long Road: The Battle of Cedar Creek Gen. Phil Sheridan rallies the troops at Cedar Creek in the fifth installment of this fictional short story.
The Crucible - Part VI Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine defend the rocky hill known as Little Round Top in the sixth installment of this fictional story.
Sharpshooters As Prisoners A study of sharpshooters and their treatment as prisoners of war.
Camp Wilkins The history of a Union training camp near Pittsburgh, PA.
Edisto Rifles at Ft. Wagner South Carolinians battle Union army and naval forces near Charleston.
66th Ohio at Chattanooga A letter to the newspaper details the fighting near Chattanooga.
Stonewall Jackson's Last Blow The colonel of the 14th Georgia recalls the Battle of Chancellorsville.
The Savage Truth: Flea Market Fraud Flea markets can be a breeding ground of fake Civil War relics.
The Long Road: The Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 The fourth installment of this fictional short story about a mysterious southern orphan who joins the Union army.
The Crucible - Part V Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine continue their journey towards destiny at Gettysburg in the fifth installment of this fictional story.
Things As I Saw Them: The Battle of Resaca An account of the Battle of Resaca by the Assistant Surgeon of the 150th New York Volunteers.
Mahone's Brigade at Malvern Hill The assault of Mahone's brigade at Malvern Hill as told by a Confederate soldier.
Three Fateful Days: The 10th New York Cavalry at Gettysburg A brief history of the actions of the 10th New York during the Gettysburg campaign.
How Vallandingham Crossed The Lines The deportation of Congressman Clement L. Vallandingham for his anti-war activities.
Monitor vs. Merrimac The commander of the USS Monitor recalls the famous career of his vessel.
War Letters of Ely Parker Gen. Grant's Adjutant describes the battles of Vicksburg and Cold Harbor.
The Long Road: 9th Connecticut The third installment of this fictional short story about a mysterious southern orphan who joins the Union army.
The Crucible - Part IV Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine continue their journey towards destiny at Gettysburg in the fourth installment of this fictional story.
Otto Botticher: Artist, Lithographer, Soldier A biographical sketch of a famous American lithographer who served as an officer in the 68th New York Volunteers.
105th New York at Gettysburg An account of the Battle of Gettysburg written by a soldier of the 105th New York.
With Pickett at Cemetery Ridge A detailed narrative of Pickett's Charge by an officer in the 56th Virginia.
Storming Port Hudson The 50th Massachusetts Militia at the Siege of Port Hudson.
A Dog On The Battlefield An unusual tale from the Battle of Spotsylvania.
The 16th Maine at Gettysburg Maj. Abner Small describes the fighting on July 1.
The Battles of McConnelsburg and Cumberland In 1864 Confederates once again returned to southern Pennsylvania where they fought two little known battles.
The Crucible - Part III Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine continue their journey towards destiny at Gettysburg in the third installment of this fictional story.
Women on the Civil War Battlefront The role of women in the Civil War on the homefront as well as the battlefield.
The Battles of Bull Run Capt. Augustus Root, 12th New York, experienced both battles of Bull Run and wrote about them to his local newspaper.
Gen. Lee and Mr. Emanuel Myers A one-act play recounting the post-war meeting between Robert E. Lee and one of Napoleon's veterans.
The Death of Col. James Gadberry A brief history of the 18th South Carolina and the death of their colonel at 2nd Manassas.
Maj. Lewis Carpenter Biographical sketch of the major of the 75th New York Volunteers.
Prison Break at Salisbury A newspaper account of the deadly escape attempt at the Confederate prison in Salisbury, NC.
The Long Road: Turned Down The second installment of this fictional short story about a mysterious southern orphan and his attempt to join the army.
The Crucible - Part II Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine head towards Gettysburg in the second installment of this fictional story.
Lincoln, Liberty and Western Pennsylvania The President-elect travels through western Pennsylvania on his way to Washington.
Protesting the Klan at Gettysburg Confederate reenactors from the 37th Texas Cavalry challenge the KKK over the misuse of Confederate symbols.
The Battle of Cedar Creek A sergeant from the 128th New York recounts the Battle of Cedar Creek.
The Long Road A fictional short story of a mysterious southern orphan who finds himself in the Union army.
Gen. Elisha G. Marshall Biographical sketch of a little known Union general who commanded a 9th Corps brigade during the thickest fighting of 1864.
A Unique Relic The wife of a Confederate general recounts the story of an unusual battlefield relic.
8th New York Heavy Artillery at Cold Harbor Newspaper accounts of the 8th NYHA during the Battle of Cold Harbor.
Bidding Farewell to Gen. Cleburne Sculptor Ron Tunison throws a good-bye party for his latest monument.
The Crucible - Part I Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the 20th Maine head towards Gettysburg in the first installment of this fictional story.
Crisis in Confederate Currency The struggles of the Confederate government to maintain a viable currency.
The Miracle of Providence Spring To thousands of suffering Andersonville prisoners the appearance of a fresh source of water seemed nothing short of a miracle.
Surrender at Appomattox A Confederate officer misinterprets the surrender at Appomattox.
Incredible Shots of the Civil War A look at some of the more noteworthy feats of marksmanship during the Civil War.
Brig. Gen. George Bayard Biographical sketch of a Union cavalry general killed at Fredericksburg.
Curios Casualties A veteran recalls some strange examples of casualties.
Kearney A poetic tribute to Gen. Phil Kearney.
The Last Battle A fictional short story relating the death of Stonewall Jackson.
Fakes, Frauds and Fantasies: Buying Civil War Relics Online The popularity of online auctions has spawned an epidemic of fake relics. What should the savvy Civil War collector do?
Mosby Baptizes The Californians At Mt. Zion Church California volunteers run head-on into the "Gray Ghost" and his elusive horsemen.
"Old Abe" The War Eagle A Union veteran remember the most famous mascot of the Civil War.
From The Potomac To The Susquehanna A Confederate cavalryman recalls some incidents during the Gettysburg campaign.
From The Ranks To Prison Recollections of a Union soldier who was captured at Cedar Creek and imprisoned at Salisbury, NC.
Brickey Family Civil War Memorial Day A family reunion includes a memorial to their Confederate ancestors.
The Rebel Yell A Union soldier attempts to describe the Rebel Yell and its origins.
Reminiscences of Point Lookout A Confederate prisoner relates some humorous experiences at Point Lookout, MD.
The Battles of Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House Remembered primarily for the surrender of Gen. Lee, Appomattox also saw its share of fighting.
The 33rd Massachusetts at Wauhatchie A rare account of the night fighting at the Battle of Wauhatchie.
Wounded at Gettysburg A Confederate officer from the 43rd North Carolina recounts his experiences at Gettysburg.
Fortifying Pittsburgh in 1863 Pittsburgh prepares to defend itself during the Confederate invasion of 1863.
Gen. Edward P. Chapin Biographical sketch of a Union officer who was mortally wounded at Port Hudson.
Green-Wood Cemetery's Civil War Project A historic Brooklyn cemetery researches the history of the Civil War veterans buried there.
The Great Mudbug War A fictional short story of two young foes who befriend each other along the banks of the Rappahannock.
Off To The War With Good Men and True Excerpt from the forthcoming Civil War novel.
Letters From Shiloh A wounded Union officer tells of his experiences during the Battle of Shiloh.
Prison Diary of Pvt. Edward Wells, 128th NY The diary of a Union POW imprisoned at Salisbury, NC.
Reminiscences of Peace and War The wife of a Confederate general helps rescue a wounded soldier.
Gen. Willoughby Babcock Biography of a Union officer who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Winchester.
"Gunboat" Green A Confederate soldier seeks to redeem his reputation at Vicksburg.
Fishing For Torpedoes A sailor describes the efforts to clear Confederate torpedoes from the Red River.
To See The Elephant A fictional short story of a young boy facing the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam.
Philadelphia In The Civil War The role of Philadelphia during the Civil War.
Mosby, Pickett and the Lees in Richmond A one-act play recounting the post-war meeting between Gen. Lee and Gen. Pickett.
In Memory of Brian C. Pohanka A memorial to the late historian, author and reenactor.
In Prison at Point Lookout A Confederate prisoner describes his confinement at Point Lookout, MD.
A Tribute To The Flag An Iowa veteran gives a stirring tribute to the Stars and Stripes.
Guard Duty at Corinth A Confederate sentinel takes his orders quite literally.
1st Minnesota at Bull Run An account of the Battle of 1st Bull Run by a Medal of Honor Recipient.
An Interview With General Lee A Yankee chaplain visits Gen. Lee shortly after his surrender.
The Union's Forgotten First Defenders Pennsylvanians rush to defend the Union in the first days of the war.
The Burden of Command A green 20th Maine marches towards its first battle in this excerpt from the novel Silver Eagles.
Poughkeepsie's United Hose Volunteers Firemen unite to protect their hometown.
When Is A Battlefield Not A Battlefield? An appeal to make Gathland State Park (Crampton's Gap) a recognized battlefield.
Mr. Davis' Appomattox Journal A reenactor correspondent records the last days of the war.
Last Victory of the Lost Cause A Confederate officer recounts the rear-guard action of Mahone's division on the road to Appomattox.
The Alabama Claims British support of Confederate commerce raiders results in U.S. claims for damages after the war.
The Death of John Wilkes Booth A Union officer recalls the pursuit of Lincoln's assassin.
Both Sides of Army Life: The Grave and the Gay A soldier in the 13th New Jersey Volunteers recalls some of the incidents of war and characters he served with.
The Fighting Chattins of Iowa The story of five brothers who served in the Union army.
The Sport of Kings A fictional short story of horse racing in the Union camp.
Memoirs of Alexander Wallace Givin, 114th Pennsylvania A member of Collis' Zouaves recalls his service in a hard-fighting Union regiment.
How A Slave Mother Found Her Son A Union soldier tells of an unexpected reunion.
Boston Corbett: Hero or Madman The man who shot Lincoln's killer was hailed as a hero but suffered from psychological problems.
The Rebels A poem honoring the Confederate soldier.
South Mountain: Three Gaps, One Battle The Battle of South Mountain and its relationship to the action at Crampton's Gap.
In The Devil's Den: The 99th Pennsylvania at Gettysburg A color-bearer recounts the action on July 2, 1863.
The Charge of Three Hundred Yankees Gen. John Hunt Morgan's Cavalry is routed - by their own men!
Bannerman's Artillery The famous arms dealer had some great deals for the Civil War collector.
Gen. Joseph B. Leake Biography of a hard-fighting Iowa general.
In Memoriam: Maj. William C. White, 7th South Carolina A detailed obituary describes the life and death of a Confederate officer killed at Antietam.
The Irish Amazon A fictional short story about a female soldier fighting with the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg.
The Hero Without A Name A poem written by a Confederate officer mourns the death of a young soldier in prison at Camp Chase, OH.
Lt. Orlando Keen, 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery The service record of a Union soldier from Pennsylvania.
Reporting From TennesseeA reenactor correspondent reports the battles of Franklin and Nashville.
Johnson's Night Attack at Franklin The story of Confederate Gen. Ed Johnson's nighttime attack at the Battle of Franklin.
A Mule Serenade A war correspondent's humorous account of an incident in camp.
Diary of A Soldier: Cpl. Peter Funk, 150th New York Volunteers A soldier describes camp life near Baltimore.
Did The Centennial Damage New York's Battle Flags? A look at well-meaning but misguided efforts to preserve and display New York's battle flags during the Civil War Centennial.
Memories of FranklinGen. Isaac Sherwood recalls the Battle of Franklin.
Remembering Dr. Mary Walker An historian recalls Union surgeon and Medal of Honor recipient Mary E. Walker.
John Morgan Kefover Biography of a Union solider who served in the 11th Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (40th Penn. Vols.).
First Sergeant at Franklin A Union sergeant recalls the bloody Battle of Franklin.
Capturing A Skillet Union soldiers forage amongst their comrades for cooking utensils.
Butternut Boys A poem honoring the common Confederate soldier.
The Last Confederate Funeral: Burial of the Hunley Crew An account of the internment of the crew of the CSS Hunley.
If I Ever Live To Get Home - A Confederate at Antietam A Confederate soldier with the 4th North Carolina describes the Battle of Antietam.
The Life and Accomplishments of Sarah Josepha Hale A short biography of this amazing 19th century woman author, editor and activist.
Letters From The Front: Portrait of a Soldier Letters from a Confederate soldier in the hard-fought 23rd North Carolina.
Romance Between The Lines Two tales of romance between southern women and Union soldiers.
The Torture Of The Mind: Gen. Sherman's 1888 Address A speech by Gen. William T. Sherman sheds light on his convictions that "War is Hell".
William H. Gilder: Author, Adventurer, Soldier A look at the colorful life and accomplishments of William H. Gilder.
The Battle of New Orleans A Union naval officer recalls his experiences aboard the USS Cayuga and the surrender of New Orleans.
Reporting From Cold Harbor A reenactor correspondent gives his impressions of the fighting around Cold Harbor, Va.
History of G.A.R. Post 58, Harrisburg, Pa. Minutes from the establishment and early meetings of this distinguished Grand Army of the Republic post.
Spring 2004 - The Bivouac Banner Volume III, Issue 1
On Cold Mountain An interview with Brian Pohanka, Michael Kraus and John Bert regarding their roles in the film "Cold Mountain".
Ain't Dead Yet - A Drummer Boy's Antietam A drummer boy of the 89th New York describes the Battle of Antietam.
Crampton's Gap: Floodgate of a National Watershed A look at the strategic importance of Crampton's Gap and its effect on the Antietam Campaign and the course of the war.
The V.M.I. Cadets at the Battle of New Market A first hand account of Corps of Cadets at New Market.
War of Words: Poems of the 1864 Election Lincoln may have won the election, but McClellan triumphed when it came to poetry.
Pvt. Jerimiah Jones Biography of a soldier of the 37th Pennsylvania Volunteers who died a POW.
My Part of the Games Was Over Sgt. Grenan of the 78th New York Volunteers writes about the Battle of Antietam.
Mark Twain's Big Battle Mark Twain recalls his service as a Confederate soldier.
Correspondence from Willard's Our war correspondent reports from Washington, D.C.
Lost Confederate Gold Gen. Isaac Sherwood recounts the discovery of buried Confederate treasure.
Winter 2003 - The Bivouac Banner Volume II, Issue 4
Antietam Aftermath An excerpt from the Civil War novel “All Out of Heart: A Journalist’s Memoir of the Civil War”.
Lieutenant Manassa S. Hennessee The story of a Confederate soldier who died at Ft. Delaware prison and how both his name and rank were changed when commemorating him.
Gender Confusion In Civil War Era Photographs Is that a cute little girl in that CDV? Maybe not – find out how to tell.
Reporting the Battle of Gettysburg - 140 Years Later A follow-up report from our Civil War correspondent, including sketches of the action.
The Death of Roderick Battle hardened Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest mourns the loss of his favorite steed.
The 79th Pennsylvania at Perryville Excerpts from diaries tell the tale of this unit’s bloody encounter at Perryville.
Where's Meade? Philadelphians commemorate local sons John Reynolds and George McClellan, but fall short when honoring George Meade.
The Execution of William Henry Johnson The story of the first military execution of the Civil War.
The Kid-Gloved Regiment Pvt. Samuel Curtis of the 7th New York Militia describes the regiment’s trip to Washington in the early days of the war.
Sheridan at Cedar Creek Maj. James Cronkhite recounts Sheridan’s famous ride.
Fall 2003 - The Bivouac Banner Volume II, Issue 3
A Private's Conversation With Gen. Forrest A naïve recruit recounts his first, and last, conversation with Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Words Behind The Pictures: Bigelow's Battery at the Trostle Farm The heroic actions of Bigelow’s 9th Massachusetts battery at Gettysburg.
A Thin Blue Line: Col. Davird Ireland and the 137th New York at Culp's Hill The brave, but too often forgotten, stand of Greene’s brigade at Culp’s Hill.
The Truth About Sheridan's Ride Gen. Sheridan recounts the events surrounding the famous poem.
Reporting the Battle of Gettysburg - 140 Years Later Our intrepid correspondent reports from the 140th Gettysburg Reenactment.
The Irish Invasion of Canada Irish Civil War veterans participate in the Fenian invasion of Canada.
The Spring of '65 A Virginia woman recounts the end of the war as it passes through her small rural community.
The Death of Col. Seneca Simmons The Colonel of the 37th Pennsylvania Volunteers (5th PA Reserves) is killed during the Peninsula Campaign and his widow receives letters from friend and foe – 20 years apart!
Moon Blind: James T. Slattery, 108th New York Volunteers A veteran recounts his service and the mysterious malady which plagued him.
Sgt. Chauncey Smith's Zouave Uniform A detailed look at a rare Civil War zouave uniform.
Summer 2003 - The Bivouac Banner Volume II, Issue 2
Reporting The Civil War: Reenacting As A Civil War Correspondent the history of Civil War correspondents as well as tips on how to portray one at reenactments. Includes a roster of the Bohemian Brigade and a time line of antebellum journalism.
Relic Hunting With Captain Bushrod our old friend Captain Bushrod takes us on a relic hunting trip near one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battlefields.
Sgt. Ashbel Fairchild Hill the biography of a soldier who served with the 8th Pennsylvania Reserves.
The Battle of Brandy Station a thorough description of the greatest Civil War cavalry battle with Order of Battle and bibliography.
Editor Platt vs. the Zouaves a northern newspaper editor battles the gaudy uniforms from the pages of his paper.
The Life and Times of Lt. Col. Henry Washington Sawyer the biography of an adventurous Union officer of the 1st New Jersey Cavalry.
Why The French Are Interested in America’s Civil War our French friend expresses why the Civil War holds such a fascination with her.
Capt. Atkins at Drewry's Bluff a letter describing the Battle of Drewry's Bluff.
My Last Battle a first person account by a young Confederate casualty.
Spring 2003 - The Bivouac Banner Volume II, Issue 1
Winter 2002 - The Bivouac Banner Volume I, Issue 1