Military History Monday: The Nancy Harts

While their menfolk were off fighting the Union, many Southern women stepped up to defend their homes and families.  One group of females in LaGrange, Georgia, however, officially banded together and formed an all-female militia.  They called themselves the Nancy Harts in honor of Revolutionary War heroine and fellow Georgian Nancy Morgan Hart.  In case you missed my July 4 “Feisty Female” article on Nancy Morgan Hart, you can read it here. This article is no longer available at this site.  However, it will be enhanced and published later in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, our new monthly digital publication available by individual purchase or subscription.  To see what the magazine is all about you can preview issues at our YouTube Channel.  Subscriptions are affordable, safe and easy to purchase and the best deal for getting your “history fix” every...

Military History Monday: Jennison’s Jayhawkers

This Civil War regiment, the 7th Kansas Cavalry, was organized by Charles Rainsford Jennison and became known as “Jennison’s Jawhawkers.”  By the time the regiment was mustered in on October 28, 1861, the terms “jayhawk,” “jawhawker,” and “jayhawking” were already part of the national lexicon long before the Civil War broke out in April of 1861. This article is no longer available at this site.  However, it will be enhanced and published later in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, our new monthly digital publication available by individual purchase or subscription.  To see what the magazine is all about you can preview issues at our YouTube Channel.  Subscriptions are affordable, safe and easy to purchase and the best deal for getting your “history fix” every...

Military History Monday: Hundred Days Men

By 1864 it was becoming increasingly more difficult to conscript enough able-bodied men to fight for either the North or South.  Before the war began in early April of 1861, the United States Army had around 16,400 officers and men.  On April 9, 1861 a call was made for the District of Columbia to muster ten companies of militia.  There was some resistance as evidenced by one company of 100 men: two officers, one sergeant, one corporal, one musician and ten privates refused to muster. Less than a week later, President Lincoln called for 75,000 militiamen to serve three months.  By May he was calling for 500,000 to serve three years.  In 1862 there were calls for 300,000 to serve three years and later that year another 300,000 to serve for nine months.  As the war continued unabated, calls for more enlistments were issued.  Some would re-enlist after their term of service had expired.  Even with a large numbers of troop already assembled, Lincoln made a special plea in 1863 and 1864, first to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. This article has been enhanced and published in the July 2018 issue of Digging History Magazine.  Preview the issue here or purchase...

Military History Monday: Battle of Wyoming, aka Wyoming Massacre

The Wyoming Valley of present day Pennsylvania was the scene of the bloodiest and most heinous battle of the Revolutionary War.  In 1662, the valley had been claimed as part of Connecticut and residents of that colony began settling there in 1762, originally designated as the county of Westmoreland. The settlers planted crops, harvested them and returned to Connecticut for the winter.  They returned in the spring of 1763 and that autumn were attacked and killed by Indians.  Those remaining fled back to Connecticut.  In 1769 another wave of settlers decided to migrate to the area once again. This article is no longer available at this site.  However, it will be enhanced and published later in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, our new monthly digital publication available by individual purchase or subscription.  To see what the magazine is all about you can preview issues at our YouTube Channel.  Subscriptions are affordable, safe and easy to purchase and the best deal for getting your “history fix” every...

Military History Monday: The Battle of Big Hole (Montana)

In 1805, Lewis and Clark named them “Nez Perce”, which literally means “pierced nose”, except this tribe didn’t perform nose piercings – that was the Chinook tribe.  The tribe’s name was actually “Nimi’puu” (Nee-Me-Poo) and meant “the people” or “we the people”.  This tribe was indigenous to a vast area of land (17 million acres) which covered present day Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  Rather than being one distinct tribe, this group actually consisted of various bands with somewhat different languages, managing to live together peacefully – the tribes (Shoshonis, Bannack and Blackfoot) to the south were not quite so friendly, however. This article is no longer available at this site.  However, it will be enhanced and published later in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, our new monthly digital publication available by individual purchase or subscription.  To see what the magazine is all about you can preview issues at our YouTube Channel.  Subscriptions are affordable, safe and easy to purchase and the best deal for getting your “history fix” every...

Honoring the Fallen: Ladies Hollywood Memorial Association

The Ladies Hollywood Memorial Association was founded at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on May 3, 1866 and chartered on January 19, 1891.  The group’s primary duties were to care for and honor the graves of the Confederate soldiers buried in Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery, and they were one of many such associations organized by the women of the South.  Indeed, immediately after the fall of the Confederacy these women sprang into action. This article is no longer available at this site.  However, it will be enhanced and published later in a future issue of Digging History Magazine, our new monthly digital publication available by individual purchase or subscription.  To see what the magazine is all about you can preview issues at our YouTube Channel.  Subscriptions are affordable, safe and easy to purchase and the best deal for getting your “history fix” every month....