Tag Archives: American Civil War

The Monotonous Diet of Billy Yank

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News as, “War Meals Were for Survival, not Great Taste,” September 6, 2013.) The Union soldier’s diet during the Civil War was sufficient to keep him alive and fighting, and distinctly … Continue reading

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The Battle of Gettysburg: the Turning Point

 (This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on July 1, 2013)         In probably the greatest land battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, Union and Confederate forces clashed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 1-3, 1863. During these … Continue reading

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Native Americans Join Fight

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on May 22, 2013.) Native Americans, while continuing efforts to protect their tribes and lands, fought bravely on both land and sea for both the Union forces and the Confederate … Continue reading

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Newport Home to Naval Academy during Civil War

(This essay was originally published by the Newport Daily News as “After war began, Naval Academy temporarily moved to Newport,” April 13, 2013.) At the start of the Civil War, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, was moved to Newport where … Continue reading

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Katherine Wormeley Fills Important Role in Civil War

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News as “Comfort for casualties of battle,” February 27, 2013.)         Newport’s own Katharine (also spelled Katherine) Prescott Wormeley took an active role in public affairs throughout her life, founding the Girls … Continue reading

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“All Slaves …Shall Be Free”

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on December 31, 2012, as “Emancipation changed the war, and the nation.”) One hundred and fifty years ago today President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, stating that “all persons held … Continue reading

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Elisha Hunt Rhodes, as Officer, Sees Action at Antietam and Fredericksburg

(This essay was originally published in the Newport Daily News on December 17, 2012, as “Soldier’s Words Still Haunting.”  The second half of 1862, 150 years ago, saw some momentous events in the life of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, a Civil … Continue reading

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