Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Union Officer Learns That You Can’t Have It Both Ways

A militia officer is refused a commission because of divided loyalties The early months of 1861 were a tough time for the officer corps of the U. S. Army. Many of those officers, especially those from the South or from … Continue reading

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Pardoned For Being Black

I was first introduced to Governor Richard Yates of Illinois as the man who gave Ulysses S. Grant his first command at the start of the Civil War. It was his appointment by Yates to be the Colonel of the … Continue reading

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