Whispers Around the Campfire — July 4, 1861

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Whispers Around the Campfire — July 4, 1861
A selection of writings from the men of the 7th Tennessee

July 4, 1861 – Camp Trousdale, Tennessee
Pvt. Archibald (Archie) Norris (Co. K) wrote in his journal.
“Was […]

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Pickett’s Charge — Chapter One : First 1,000 words

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011

Chapter 1
“The time to attack!”
“Rise up, boys. Rise up!”
Jimmy Huxley looked at Henry Tinsbloom in alarm. “What’s going on?” asked the fifteen-year-old.
Henry did not answer, instead of words the soldier crawled to his knees.
“Rise up, […]

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The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (Chapter 3)

Posted on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The Writing Process – Tennessee Valor (Chapter 3)
I have completed Chapter 3.
Length– 11,700 words
Time of writing – 27 hours
Chapter 3 covers the 7th Tennessee from the months of May 1862 to the first half of […]

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The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (Chapter 2)

Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2011

The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (Chapter 2)
I am now working on Chapter 2—the story of the formation of the 7th Tennessee. Five hours of work have garnered about 2, 750 words.
The chapter focuses on […]

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The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (Letters & Journals)

Posted on Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The Writing Process : Tennessee Valor (Journals and Letters)
I have been examining the letters and journals of the men of the 7th Tennessee. Some 20 hours of research has resulted in the typing of nearly […]

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The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor (2nd Lt. David Phillips)

Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011

The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor
5 hours produced 1400 words in Chapter 2. These passages follow the boys of the 7th Tennessee as they are trained to be soldiers. I focused on what life was […]

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The Writing Proccess — Tennessee Valor (Robert Hatton)

Posted on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Writing Process–Tennessee Valor
11 hours over 3 days of writing enabled me to complete a workable draft of chapter 1 (around 5,000 words), and begin chapter 2 (around 2,400 words).
Chapter 1 opens with the 7th […]

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The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor

Posted on Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor
15 hours finished the initial survey of the men in the 7th Tennessee. All ten companies have been studied and the veterans who composed the units at Gettysburg have been […]

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“Destruction at the Angle: The 7th Tennessee’s Company ‘I’ at the Battle of Gettysburg” – 2004: Speech presented to the Sons of Confederate Veterans of Lebanon, Tennessee

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

I will try to reconstruct what happened to the 7th Tennessee during Pickett’s Charge. I will focus on Company ‘I’. The company totaled just over thirty veterans on June 30, 1863, however by the end […]

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“The 7th Tennessee reached the end of the line on the muddy banks of Hatcher’s Run” — America’s Civil War : 1999

Posted on Monday, October 4th, 2010

In the predawn hours of April 2, 1865, the veterans of the 7th Tennessee knew that the Federals were going to attack. Nearly everyone in the regiment had been awake all night. The homesick and […]

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