Author Archives: Ron Franklin

A Union Girl In The South 03: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Jan 26, 1861

At the beginning of 1861, Dora Miller was a young girl living in New Orleans among her family and friends. But Dora felt very much alone. Everyone in New Orleans seemed wild with enthusiasm for having Louisiana secede from the … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 02: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Dec, 1860

In December of 1860 young anti-secessionist Dora Miller was almost alone among her New Orleans friends and family in her support for the Union. She had already decided to confide her patriotic thoughts to her diary because, as she said, … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 01: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Dec 1, 1860

I’ve been reading the diary of a young woman who lived in the South during the Civil War. One of the things that makes this diary so interesting is that its author was a staunchly pro-Union young lady living among … Continue reading

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Why Abraham Lincoln Sent the Union Army to Defeat at Bull Run

Abraham Lincoln insisted on fighting a battle the army’s own commander said it was not ready to fight. As I began studying the Civil War, I often wondered why President Abraham Lincoln ordered Union troops to fight the disastrous first … Continue reading

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Chain Gangs, South and North, During and Before the Civil War

The Wikipedia article on chain gangs* claims they began in the U. S. just after the Civil War. But that’s not the case. The chain gang was in use to punish convicts and reap the rewards of their labor long … Continue reading

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The Last Confederate Christmas in Atlanta, 1863

In 1897 writer Wallace Putnam Reed (author of History of Atlanta, Georgia) published an article in the Atlanta Journal sharing his memories of the Christmas of 1863. That was the last Christmas before a particularly unwelcome visitor by the name … Continue reading

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Huckabee’s Trashing of Obama On Iran Is Nothing New

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stirred up a firestorm recently with his claim that the deal President Obama negotiated with Iran to prevent that country from obtaining nuclear weapons “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of … Continue reading

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Whose Heritage Does The Confederate Flag Represent?

As the Confederate flag is being taken down from places of honor in public places around the country, there are still many people who protest that such actions are unwarranted and hurtful. They insist that the flag they love is … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 6-8, 1865

As General Grant tightened his grip on Richmond, and Sherman was coming up from behind, residents of the city looked forward fearfully to its evacuation by General Lee’s army. Saturday, March 4, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 4-5, 1865

NOTE: General Jubal Early commanded the last Confederate force in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. On March 2, 1865, in an encounter at Waynesboro with cavalry units under Union General Philip H. Sheridan, Early’s army was defeated, routed, and for all practical … Continue reading

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