Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:45 pm | Updated: 5:50 am, Thu Dec 19, 2013.
Posted in Civil war on Sunday, December 8, 2013 11:45 pm. Updated: 5:50 am.
While giving a tour Sunday at Historic Sandusky, Stannard Preston looked toward the parlor’s front window and spoke of the “ocean of blue uniforms” that Ada, the 16-year-old daughter of the Hutter family that owned the home, gazed at when Union forces under Maj. Gen. David Hunter arrived 150 years ago.
You won’t find much about the Battle of Lynchburg in most general Civil War history books.
Based upon all that has been written about him, Gen. Jubal Early was a man of fierce loyalties and strong opinions.
As a mortar shell flies, only about a minute separated Gen. David Hunter’s headquarters on the night of June 17, 1864, from the Confederates he hoped to conquer.
Most discussions of the Battle of Lynchburg invariably come around to the “train story.”
Mint juleps and brunch in New London played a role in helping the Confederate troops defend Lynchburg from Union Gen. David Hunter’s attack on the Hill City 150 years ago this month.
Dozens of events are planned to mark the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Lynchburg this week, from concerts and banquets to tours of burial sites and living history encampments.
In 1864, Lynchburg was saved from being ransacked and burned, partially thanks to slave labor.
The Daily Virginian was published six days a week during the Civil War, except when the staffers took a break to join the fighting themselves. During the Battle of Lynchburg, the entire newspaper staff, including “an old man 70 years of age, deaf as a post, and blind in one eye,” went off to fight, and no paper was printed for five days.
Humor has a way of injecting itself into nearly every human endeavor, even armed combat. And the 1864 Battle of Lynchburg was no exception.