Friday, February 24, 2012

More Civil War photos

The Atlantic has posted the second in its series of Civil War photographs.  Above is Francis C. Barlow.  He was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts and had just graduated from Harvard Law School when the war broke out.  He mustered in as an enlisted man and mustered out as a Brigadier General.  Among the battles he fought (and very much distinguished himself in) were Antietam, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg and Gettysburg.  He directly faced off on the likes of Stonewall Jackson and Jubal Early on the field of battle.  My favorite story about him was how he decided to ensure his troops would not straggle when marching.  He put a company at the end of the column in a skirmish line with bayonets fixed.  Yup, that'll work.

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