Two personal anecdotes to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War

Fort_Sumter_storm_flag_18611) About 25 years ago I’m sitting in my living room reading Shelby Foote’s The Civil War: A Narrative, when my roommate Gil walks in. He asks what I’m reading.

“A three volume history of the Civil War. It’s much better than the six volume one I read last year.”

“What, did the ending change?”

2) Earlier this year I’m playing the online version of a World War II strategy game called Memoir ‘44 with an Irish guy who lives in Germany where he spends many weekends re-enacting battles from the American Civil War.


  • Gen. Sherman was judged crazy and relieved of command when he said the war would take years and cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
  • Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Joshua Chamberlain died in 1914 at the age of 85 from wounds sustained at The Battle of Gettysburg.

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