Tennessee Valor – Enlistments, 1864-1865 (Part 2)

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011

Tennessee Valor – Enlistments – Part 2: 1864-65
The recruiters must have learned something from their dismal 1863 recruitment practices because the replacements added to the 7th Tennessee from the 1864 conscriptions and volunteer enlistment proved […]

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7th Tennessee Infantry — August 29, 1861 : western Virginia

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

7th Tennessee Infantry — August 29, 1861 :  western Virginia
The rain continued. Captain John Goodner, who was in Company F with Jeremiah, wrote a letter to Lizzie Floyd, dated 29 August 1861- “I expected and […]

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Writing update – TENNESSEE VALOR: The 7th Tennessee Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg: Part 1

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Writing update – TENNESSEE VALOR: The 7th Tennessee Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg: Part 1
I am nearly 12,000 words into the chapter in which the 7th Tennessee takes part in what becomes known as Pickett’s […]

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Whispers Around the Campfire — August 1-3, 1861

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Whispers Around the Campfire — August 1 – 3, 1861
Selected writings from men of the 7th Tennessee:
1 August 1861:
Robert Hatton letter to Sophia Hatton, dated 1 August 1861: “…On yesterday, my regiment moved from Millboro, in […]

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Whispers Around the Campfire — June 18, 1861

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Whispers Around the Campfire
A selection of writings from the men of the 7th Tennessee

June 18, 1861 – Camp Trousdale, Tennessee
Lt. Col. John Goodner wrote to Lizzie Floyd.
“…We are generally well, some measles in camp, […]

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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 (Deaths)

Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011

The Writing Process – Tennessee Valor (Deaths)
The question was raised, how many men in the 7th Tennessee died by war’s end? A second question (actually a pair) coming from this inquiry was; When did the […]

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The Writing Process — Eli Smith (Co. I) 7th Tennessee Infantry

Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The Writing Process — Eli Smith (Co. I) 7th Tennessee Infantry
I’ve had a series of communications with a descendant (a great-great-grandson) of a veteran of the 7th Tennessee.
Eli Smith was a private throughout the war. […]

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Writing Project — Tennessee Valor: The 7th Tennessee at Gettysburg

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2010

The Writing Process — Tennessee Valor: The 7th Tennessee at Gettysburg
This past weekend; Saturday and Sunday; plus this morning, I accumulated 15 hours of research on the 7th Tennessee.
I have been working on detailing out […]

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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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