Black Dispatches

Conflict: Civil War

Perhaps they had gotten so used to their slaves’ presence that they forgot they were there. Or perhaps opinions of slave workers were just so low that they didn’t think it mattered. Maybe it was a mixture of both, but … Continue reading

The Wizard of the Saddle

Conflict: Civil War

Nathan Bedford Forrest. Cavalry extraordinaire. “Tactical genius.” Slaughterer. Major General. Grand Wizard. Forrest grew up in Tennessee as the eldest of twelve children. He had a twin sister and ten other siblings, but half the children never grew to adulthood … Continue reading

The Bloody Battle

Conflict: Civil War

On September 17, 1862, Union and Confederate troops clashed in what would become the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. For the two days previous, troops from both north and south collected on opposite banks of Antietam Creek, with General … Continue reading

United States Colored Troops

Conflict: Civil War

In September 1862, just after the technical Union “victory” at Antietam, Lincoln issued his preliminary Emancipation Proclamation stating that all slaves in rebellious states would be free as of January 1. On September 27, a┬áLouisianian regiment became the first Union … Continue reading