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About Civil War-Civil Rights

Jack Hurst is a former longtime print journalist who has written three Civil War books: Nathan Bedford Forrest: A Biography (Alfred A. Knopf, 1993), Men of Fire: Grant, Forrest, and the Campaign That Decided the Civil War (Basic Books, 2007), and a second book about Ulysses S. Grant and Nathan Bedford Forrest, Born To Battle, published in June 2012 by Basic Books. He also had a desk in the rear of the cityroom of the Nashville Tennessean and watched David Halberstam go about covering the desegregation movement in Nashville in 1960-61 and himself covered some of the civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham for the Tennessean in 1963. He owes profuse thanks to Jennifer Kelland Fagan, copy editor extraordinaire and computer guru,for indispensable aid in the design evolution of this blog. Her eye-catching website can be accessed at

October ’63

1863 The bloody September battle along Chickamauga Creek and its aftermath pushed Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis toward major changes in October. The administration in Washington had seen its Chickamauga commander, William S. Rosecrans, flee the field in advance of … Continue reading

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September ’63

1863 The Cherokees are said to have named a north Georgia creek Chickamauga–“River of Death”–because its waters were dangerous to drink. They could not have known how apropos the name would become in September 1863. Peril would pervade the whole … Continue reading

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August ’63

1863 Robert E. Lee got 10 days to head his defeated Army of Northern Virginia and its wagon trains home out of Gettysburg and Pennsylvania. New commander George G. Meade and the equally fought-out Army of the Potomac had followed … Continue reading

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July ’63

1863 The war’s two primary eastern armies blundered into battle on July 1 around the southeastern Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. From Robert E. Lee’s Confederates, a division in the corps of A. P. Hill headed there first on the report … Continue reading

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June ’63

1863 Robert E. Lee found himself in a hard place in June of 1863. Commanding what he called the finest army in the world, he had become hard-pressed to feed and clothe it in battle-scourged northern Virginia.  And that was … Continue reading

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May ’63

1863 “Fighting Joe” Hooker, having declared that Robert E. Lee must quit his defenses and fight or “ingloriously fly,” ventured into the Virginia Wilderness to see which it would be.             A little of both, it turned out. Although vastly … Continue reading

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April ’63

1863 The Union’s Vicksburg campaign had stalled for months, but not for lack of effort. To assault the 16 miles of cannon-bristling bluffs facing the Mississippi River situated from north to south of the town would be suicide. So for … Continue reading

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March ’63

1863 Once again, the Federal Army of the Potomac was starting over. Its new third commander, “Fighting Joe” Hooker, began again to do what George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside had done before him:  prepare for battle against Confederate General Robert … Continue reading

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February ’63

1863   Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant dramatically bolstered his command of the Union’s western theater following a protest against it that developed on Feb. 1. In early January, troublesome Maj. Gen. John McClernand, wielding seniority in rank and the … Continue reading

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January ’63

1863 Abraham Lincoln had shaken too many hands. For more than two hours, New Year’s Day guests pumped his arm at a public White House reception. But the President did not look joyous. A British volunteer surgeon for a Washington … Continue reading

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