Category Archives: War Stories

Veteran’s Day Remembrance

UNCLE KENNY On this November 11th – which we used to call “Armistice Day” when I was a kid – I got to thinking about my Uncle Kenny.  I wish I could have met the man. His official designation was … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence, Part 61

A NOVEL OF TRAVEL BACK IN TIME The Union Army, since dubbed the Army of the Atlantic, had not progressed any further in the East since McClellan had gotten chewed up in North Carolina. He refused to move without more … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence: part 36

A NOVEL OF TRAVEL BACK IN TIME I took my time on the walk to town. The day was warming up, and the trees were just starting to turn colorful for the fall. The bees were a-buzzing. The birds were … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: May 3, 1864

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The Union column continued their march, arriving at the outskirts of Little Rock about 10:30am. U.S. soldiers were back in their camps by noon. On the Confederate side, General Kirby Smith started his army on the march … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: May 2, 1864

NEAR LITTLE ROCK, Ark. As the sun rose on May 2nd, the Union column was still on the road.  They had no rations, so there was no reason to stop. About 3:00pm, the column entered the Benton Road, and the … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: May 1, 1864

NORTH of JENKIN’S FERRY, Ark. While the Battle of Jenkin’s Ferry was being played out on April 30th, Union General Steele sent General Carr’s Cavalry of 2000 troopers to Little Rock, along with the cavalry’s supply and ordinance wagons. During … Continue reading

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Civil War Transcendence: part 35

A NOVEL OF TRAVEL BACK IN TIME I walked over and sat down on the edge of the bed and put my head in my hands. I just sat there for a minute, trying to figure things out and getting … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 30, 1864

JENKIN’S FERRY, Ark. In the opening scenes of the movie “Lincoln,” the fighting sequences are supposed to dramatize the fighting at Jenkin’s Ferry in the mud and rain. The bottom land over which the forces actually fought might not have … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 29, 1864

SALINE RIVER, Ark.  Union General Steele issued orders the night of April 28th that the column would again move out at 4:00a.m. the morning of April 29th.  This was accomplished with General Carr’s cavalry, again, taking the lead, with the … Continue reading

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Camden Expedition: April 28, 1864

OUACHITA and SALINE RIVERS, Ark.  On April 27th Confederate Commander Kirby Smith had ordered General Marmaduke to send a cavalry brigade, under General Greene, north to cross the Ouachita River at any point they could find. Greene was to proceed … Continue reading

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