Some links to Civil War songs

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 31, 2006 http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/sentimnt/sweethomef.html http://www.civilwarband.com/music.shtml http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/music/audio/mp3/john_browns_body.mp3 http://pabucktail.com/songs.htm

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“Dixie” still remains topic of controversy

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, December 31, 2006 Just like many other issues raised by the Civil War, the origins, meaning and intent of the song, “Dixie,” remains a topic of debate. Both Confederate and Union troops had their own favorite songs both patriotic and sentimental. “The…

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March to Murfreesboro began on Dec. 26

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, December 26, 2006 One day after Christmas 1862, the Federal Army of the Cumberland moved out of Nashville with the intent of attacking the Confederate Army of Tennessee near Murfreesboro. The U.S. troops were under the command of Maj.…

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Bands battled on eve of Stones River clash

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer, December 26, 2006 One of the most unique moments of the Civil War occurred on the eve of the Battle of Stones River. Let us set the scene. Both the Federal Army of the Cumberland and the Confederate Army of…

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Did real coffee win the Civil War?

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, December 10, 2006 When you enjoy all of those holiday treats, think about the not-so-delectable foods devoured by Civil War solders encamped outside Murfreesboro during the winter of 1862. They “dined” on the staples long associated with cowboy movies…

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‘The Wedding’ still captivates after 144 years

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, December 10, 2006 In the days before Christmas 1862, little Murfreesboro was the scene of one of the most glamorous and romantic moments of the Civil War. The war-time wedding of dashing Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan and socialite…

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When Jeff Davis came to town

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, December 3, 2006 Murfreesboro is in the midst of a joyous Christmas celebration, 2007 style. Some 145 years earlier, the jubilation was similar, but for a much different reason. The President was coming to the bustling little town of Murfreesborough,…

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Carter House Association acquires key part of Franklin Battlefield

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, November 28, 2006 FRANKLIN – The Carter House Association Inc. announces the acquisition of a key part of Franklin’s battlefield—a portion of the homestead garden of Fountain Branch Carter—from Chris Waller in a transaction that closed on Nov. 14,…

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Did the Confederates have a master plan?

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, November 26, 2006 The Union had its modified “Anaconda plan,” but did the Confederate States of America have a master strategy when it launched the Civil War? That question is even more complicated than it appears. Yes, Confederate President…

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Scott’s outline of the plan

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, November 19, 2006 Maj. Gen. GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN, Commanding Ohio Volunteers, Cincinnati, Ohio: SIR: I have read and carefully considered your plan for a campaign and now send you confidentially my own views, supported by certain facts of which…

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