More Civil War Curiosities
Fascinating Tales, Infamous Characters, and Strange Coincidences
By (author) Webb Garrison
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More Civil War Curiosities by Webb Garrison
Book DescriptionMore Civil War Curiosities contains strange but true stories from the four-year conflict that raged across a one-thousand-mile battle front with more than three million men in uniform. Anything could and often did happen. Webb Garrison recounts instances of friendly fire casualties, the unperfected art of spying, banishments and deportings, grisly tales of missing limbs, name changes for both people and ships, disguises that worked (and some that did not), and many "firsts" and "lasts." Fragging, or purposely killing a fellow soldier, was the probable cause of the death of Thomas Wilson, a tyrannical Federal general. He died in action at the battle of Baton Rouge when, according to one account, he was seized by a group of his own men who held him in front of a cannon before it was fired at the enemy. When Confederate Gen. Jubal Early marched on Frederick, Maryland, he offered not to torch the town for a payment of $200,000. It took the townspeople a day to borrow the money?and 87 years to pay it back. When Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, failed to raise a ransom of $500,000, Early's subordinate, Gen. John McCausland, burned the town to the ground. The arm of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson was amputated when he was wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville. Following the operation, Jackson's corps chaplain gave the arm a respectful burial? complete with a gravestone ?in his family's cemetery. When the general died a week later, the rest of him was buried in Lexington, Virginia. Hiram Ulysses Grant was mistakenly listed as Ulysses Simpson Grant by the congressman appointing him to West Point. Grant did not protest, and the name stayed with him all the way to the presidency of the United States.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781558533660
Paperback / softback
(229mm x 154mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Thomas Nelson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States
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Curiosities of the Civil War, Hardback (February 2011)
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What's in a Word, Paperback (February 2010)
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In the more than 140 years since the end of the American Civil War, the American language has changed considerably. The meanings of many words and phrases that were in common use at the time have become obscure or lost completely. Featuring over 2,500 entries, this title lets you discover the vibrant and colourful lingo of the American Civil War.
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