Anaconda helps strangle the South

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, November 19, 2006 It’s time to talk a little strategy. Just why did Union forces decide to attack on the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers and force their way into Middle Tennessee during the early part of the Civil War?…

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Rutherford troops get taste of war at Fort Donelson

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Writer Wednesday, November 12, 2006 First ordered to active duty in Bowling Green, Ky., Joseph B. Palmer’s regiment was largely inactive until one of the first major conflicts in the Western theater of the Civil War – the siege of Fort…

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Stones River: Palmer’s life illustrates Tennessee’s plight

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor Wednesday, November 5, 2006 One of the stateliest houses on East Main Street does little to reveal the character of the battle-scarred general who built it. Brigadier General Joseph B. Palmer, a prominent state military and political leader, built the Italianate…

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Key dates of the Civil War

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 15, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor Nov. 6, 1860: Lincoln is elected president Dec. 20, 1860: South Carolina secedes. Feb. 9, 1861: Confederate government is formed. March 4, 1861: Lincoln is sworn in as president March 6: Confederate Congress authoritizes establishment of an…

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Putting a Face on History

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 29, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor It’s not easy to put a face on the soldiers who fought at the Battle of Stones River. Where were they from?  How did they end up here?  Combined together, the Federal Army of the Cumberland…

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Confederate cast of characters

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 29, 2006 By Mike West, Managing Editor Just like their Union counterparts, the Confederate Army of Tennessee had its own share of interesting characters: Maj. Gen. Daniel S. Donelson Donelson had an impressive mix of military and political connections. Born in Tennessee in…

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Union army had advantage

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 29, 2006, by Mike West, Managing Editor When the Civil War began in earnest, the U.S. government had one very decided advantage in the form of a trained, standing army with officers trained at West Point. But as Southern states began to succeed,…

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The Battle of Stones River: Why here?

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 22, 2006, by Mike West, Managing Editor Why was the little, rural town of Murfreesboro the scene of a major Civil War battle? Only 2,500 people lived here in 1862.  So why would 83,000 Federal and Confederate troops fight over such an insignificant…

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Civil War talk triggers childhood memories

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, October 15, 2006, by Mike West, Managing Editor All this talk about the Civil War tickled a few memories loose in Hammerhead’s noggin. And reminded him of a highlight of life. Nope, it wasn’t sticking bits of cotton in his ears while he unsuccessfully…

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