BERDAN'S SHARPSHOOTERS The Sharps breech loading rifle was made famous when the Union’s flamboyant Berdan Sharpshooters made them their weapons of choice. For fifteen years before the Civil War, Hiram Berdan was one of this country's leading marksmen. He was personally appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to be the Colonel
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The Battle of Hoover's Gap was the principal battle in the Tullahoma Campaign, the campaign for possession of Middle Tennessee waged by Union General William Rosecrans' Army of the Cumberland against Gen. Braxton Bragg's Confederate Army of Tennessee. Conducted from June 24 to July 3, 1863, The Tullahoma Campaign is regarded
By the spring of 1864, Fort Pillow, on the banks of the Mississippi River in western Tennessee, had changed hands several times in the War. Now, the Union controlled it, and the fort had become a stronghold for black freedmen and escaped slaves, Southern Unionist politicians and businessmen, and Confederate
The Battle of Chickamauga lasted for three days, Sept.18-20, 1863. It was the worst Union defeat in the Western Theater, and only the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in more casualties. By September 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland, under the command of General William Rosecrans, was ready to deliver
The Battle for Kennesaw Mountain, June 27th, 1864 was part of the Campaign for Atlanta. That city, just 20 miles away, produced much of the arsenal for the Rebel Army. Also the intersection of four important railroad lines, Atlanta was a vital military target. Union commander William Sherman Union Maj.
The main Union assault during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was against a a heavily fortified salient on the left flank of the Rebel line, filled with Gen. Frank Cheatham's rugged and hard fighting 1st/27th Tennessee Regiment. This bulge in the entrenched line, an inverted V pointing down the
SEPOYS 1857 The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was a revolt against the rule of the British East India Company, which functioned as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. In 1857 the Company ruled over nearly all of India, and had their own Colonial Army of over 300,000
The British retreat from Kabul.1842 On 31 December 1600, The British East India Company (BEIC) started as an enterprise of London businessmen importing spices and goods from South Asia; cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, spices, saltpetre, tea, and opium. By royal decree, the BEIC was given monopoly privileges
Mme. Delphine LaLaurie was one of the grandest and most opulent of the opulent Grand Dames of ante bellum New Orleans high society. In a housefire in her mansion in 1834, it was discovered that Mme. LaLaurie and her husband, physician Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie, were maintaining a dungeon of
Brigadier General Robert Latimer McCook was one of the famed Fighting McCooks of Ohio, seventeen men from the same family who fought for the Union, including four who would become generals. On August 5, 1862, McCook was shot in a skirmish near Huntsville, Alabama. At the time, renegade