I have just completed the book Post Reader of Civil War Stories. It was a very good book. It was written in 1958 and has a collection of fictional stories about the Civil War that were published in news papers from the years 1932-58. Some of the stories were fairly confusing at times but it still was a very good book and I would recommend it to any one.
This was a very interesting article I read on a boy found in Washington D.C. Scientists believe he died in the 1840’s and was buried around the same time. He had become mummified due to his casket. Enjoy!
This is a continuation of the post on the events of April 1865.
April 3rd: Richmond is captured by Union forces. The Confederates were pushed from their lines at Petersburg. It was now possible for the Federal troops to march into Richmond unhindered. General Lee sent a telegraph to President Davis while he was attending church at St. Paul’s in Richmond. The telegraph said that Davis had better evacuate quickly because the Yankees were coming. Jefferson Davis and his cabinet fled on the day known as Evacuation Sunday.
April 9th: Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses Grant. General Lee surrendered in the home of Wilmer Mclean (on whose property the first battle of the war was fought). General Grant, in his terms was very kind to General Lee. He said any man who entered the army with a horse or mule may leave with that same animal provided it was still living. Grant also gave rations to every man in the Army of Northern Virginia. With the signing of the surrender the Confederacy essentially ended
On this day in history April 14th 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The war had just come to an end. The tumultous, bloody time was finally over. But on that night an absolutly tragic thing happened, John Wilkes Booth a Southern sympathizer took the war into his own hands. The country was in mourning already for the 600,000 men and boys it had lost in the past four years, and then there was a new name added to the already horribly long casualty lists. That of Abraham Lincoln.
So many important things happened in April 1865. Ranging from sieges to surrenders, and from battles to riots . The most important to the Union was the multiple surrenders that took place that month. April 1865 was not a good time for the Confederates at all , at this point in the war they had absolutly no hope at all. They knew that they were a conquered people.
APRIL 1st: The battle of Five Forks Virginia began (Saylor’s Creek). This battle was part of the final campaign between the Northern and Southern armies. The Commanders were General Phil Sheridan for the North and George Pickett for the South. The South suffered over 2,950 casualties at the hands of Sheridan’s Cavalry, whereas the Union suffered only 830 dead, wounded, and missing.
An interesting fact about this battle is that during the beginning of it two of the major generals from both the North and South were not present on the battlefield.At the beginning of the battle
Sheridan was not even awake. He awoke to the sound of cannon and soon after rode to the field on his horse Rienzi (named after a skirmish at Rienzi Mississippi) just in time to rally his troops after they had been pushed back by the Confederate onslaught.
Pickett, at the beginning of the battle was two miles away attending a Shad fry with some of his fellow officers. By the time he arrived on the field the battle was over. He was too late to offer any assistance.
APRIL 2nd: Bread riots break out in Richmond. Those still in Richmond in 1865 included government officials, women, and children. Food at an affordable price was very scarce. A barrel of flour sold for up to four hundred dollars at the end of the war in Richmond.
Women, ravished by hunger rushed on to the streets of Richmond and began looting stores. The group quickly degenerated into a mob. They broke store windows with bricks, stones, and sticks. They looted the stores taking bread, shoes, cloth, and they even took slabs of beef from the arsenal. Jefferson Davis stood atop an over-turned wagon. He had ordered the Richmond Home Guard to come and assist in regaining control of the mob. Davis threw his change at the mob and said that was all he had also. Even with bayonets in their faces the rabble did not disperse. Davis told them they had five minutes to disband or the militia would fire on them. They stood for a few minutes and then realized that he was serious they left.
To be continued…
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Today is Easter. On this day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a time of great joy for we who are Christians. Because it shows that Christ has victory over the gave and we as Christians also have victory through Christ. 2 Corinthians 15:54a-57 “Death is swallowed in victory. O death, Where is your sting? O grave where is your victory? The sting of death is sin and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have won a victory over sin and now we may go to Heaven and spend all of eternity with God.
Death was very real during the Civil War. It was brought to the homes in many ways. Through the pictures of Matthew Brady, the transportation of the wounded from the front lines, and through the letters and the delivery of the bodies back to their respective homes.
For soldiers in both armies death was very real. They saw friends and brothers die every day. They felt in a more real sense the fact that death was immenent. Death would come to either them or someone they were close to inevitably.
Soldiers and people on the homefront had many views on the subject. The most prominant were the Christian view and the antognistic or athiestic view. In this article I will focus mainly on the Christian side of death.
For those who held the Christian worldview death was not considered scary or untimely. They believed tht God has alloted that we all should die because we have sinned. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death. They knew that every man has sinned so the consequences would have to be death. If this were the complete case though death would still be very scary. Praise the Lord it is not the case! Another text from the Bible that Christians during the Civil War used to make death not a scary thing is found in the book of John. John 3:16 says For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whosoevr believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. Also if you will read up at the beggining of the paragraph I gave you part of Romans 6:23 but it was not the entire verse. The whole thing goes like this. For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life. God had given them the gift of salvation through Christ. So they no longer had to fear death.
Yes, death was a sad time but with Christ the soldiers knew that they would see Christ and be free from the scourge of war. That is one view of death in the Civil War. I will do some more research and get part 2 of this article out soon.