Albert Pike (December 29, 1809 - April 2, 1891) was an American attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason. He is a key personality for conspiracy theorists of the Civil War era. At age 15, considered by many to be a genius and almost entirely self-taught, he passed entrance exams at
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GEN. WILLIAM ROSECRANS William Starke Rosecrans, Commander of the Union Army of the Cumberland from October 24, 1862 to October 19, 1863, was born in 1819 on a farm near Little Taylor Run in Delaware County, Ohio. Unable to afford college, Rosecrans applied for an appointment to West
DR. MARY WALKER Dr. Mary Walker graduated Syracuse (New York) Medical College in 1855 and went into private practice for a few years, including a brief stint in Columbus, Ohio. When the Civil War started, Walker tried to join the Union Army as a surgeon. Army surgeons were
LIGHTNING BRIGADE SOLDIER The Lightning Brigade, the 92nd, 98th and 123rd Illinois, and 17th and 72nd Indiana, was one of the most potent fighting units in the Civil war, and their audacious and overwhelming early victories sparked the creation of a brand new type of military unit, the mounted infantry.
OHIO CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS In the summer of 1862, Ohio Governor David Tod authorized the creation of the 52nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry and recruited Daniel McCook Jr. to serve as the command's first colonel. In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the Union Army with 260 regiments,
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
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.