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America's Civil War November 2019

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Published since 1987, America’s Civil War strives to deliver to our readers the best articles on the most formative and tumultuous period of American history — the Civil War. Noted authors present the many battles, personalities and fascinating stories of the period.

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HISTORYNET.com/AMERICAS-CIVIL-WAR ON THE MAP How intrepid mapmakers and topographers helped guide the way to victory for Civil War commanders. bit.ly/CivilWarMaps DIAGNOSING BRAGG Was the “most hated man of the Confederacy” on the autism spectrum? bit.ly/BraggAutism SKETCHES OF PRISON LIFE Portfolio: A Union veteran commissioned artwork depicting his life in Confederate prison camps. bit.ly/PrisonSketches HISTORYNET NOW Sign up for our FREE monthly e-newsletter at: historynet.com/newsletters LET’S CONNECT Like America’s Civil War Magazine on Facebook FOLLOW US @ACWMag GO DIGITAL America’s Civil War is available on Zinio, Kindle, and Nook. A complete America’s Civil War index from 1988 to present is available at aferguson.net…

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stuart wronged

I was enjoying the July 2019 edition, including the entry written about Confederate Lt. Col. Elijah V. White (“Daring Dozen,” p. 29), and was highly disappointed when it said that Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart took an “ill-advised eight-day raid through Northern Virginia and Maryland, leaving Robert E. Lee’s army blind.” I am so tired of misguided historians repeating that myth. Lee was not blind. Please read Retreat From Gettysburg by Kent Masterson Brown. Lee came to Pennsylvania to obtain food and supplies. He knew the roads and terrain. He had maps as well as mapmaker Jedediah Hotchkiss with him. His troops were all over the place west of the Susquehanna River foraging for food, cattle, and supplies. Virginia was decimated from all the fighting. Lee did not want to start…

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not left out

A UNION VETERAN of several major battles, including Antietam and Gettysburg, artillerist George Bucknam was wounded during the Wilderness fighting of May 5-7, 1864. “Through the carelessness of one of our own men,” he explained later, “my gun prematured, as I was driving out my sponge staff after ramming a 12-lb. shot in the gun, and blowed my right hand off above the wrist, and three fingers of my left hand.” In a narrative submitted to a left-handed penmanship contest in 1867, Bucknam detailed the effects of the explosion: “[It] burst the drum of my left ear, and burnt my face, and knocked me down, and jarred me considerable, but left me sensible, so I got up and walked off the field.” Writing with his left hand, Bucknam methodically described the…

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photo finish

IN THE REMARKABLE series of images captured by Alexander Gardner and James F. Gibson across the Antietam battlefield on September 19-22, 1862, one that stands out is the photograph of four 10-pounder Parrott rifled guns of Captain James Knap’s Battery E, Pennsylvania Light Artillery. There are two notable things about this image, which was captured on September 19. First, it shows soldiers as they looked in battle, taken nearly on the very ground that the unit had fought upon two days before. Knap’s artillerymen wear a mixture of fatigue coats and shell jackets as well as a variety of hats. These are fighting men, not garrison troops. Second, under high resolution, we can see much of the ground on which some of the fiercest fighting of the battle occurred. The battery…

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‘don’t let it fall’

ON DECEMBER 13, 1862, during the Battle of Fred-ericksburg, Sergeant Thomas Plunkett of the 21st Massachu-setts Infantry lost both of his arms. The 22-year-old Irish immigrant had survived the Second Battle of Bull Run as well as Antietam a few months earlier, but his luck ran out on the expanse below Marye’s Heights. By the end of the day, more than 8,000 Union troops lay wounded or dead on the frozen ground. Even some of the Confederate soldiers felt pity. “All that day,” one wrote, “we watched the fruitless charges with their fearful slaughter until we were sick at heart. I forgot they were enemies and only remembered that they were men, and it is hard to see in cold blood brave men die.” Not far from the battlefield, Clara Barton watched…