Our Country's Fiery Ordeal
A blog about the American Civil War, 150 years after it occurred. Written and maintained by Daniel J. Vermilya, a Park Ranger at Antietam National Battlefield and Gettysburg National Military Park.
Dedicated to my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, Company D, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.
"And may an Overulling Providence continue to cause good to come out of evil, justice to be done to all men where injustice has long prevailed, and finally, peace, quiet, and harmony to come out of this terrible confrontation and our country's fiery ordeal." -- Albert Champlin, 105th Ohio, Diary entry of June 19, 1864 (Western Reserve Historical Society)
Saturday, March 8, 2014
After many months of hard work, this is very exciting, and I am looking forward to having my own book sitting on my bookshelf next to so many others which I have read for so many years.
For those who are interested, The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and The History Press.
Hope you enjoy the book!
Friday, February 28, 2014
For example, last fall, I was married. This winter, I finished my book on Kennesaw Mountain, and this spring, I am starting back at Gettysburg to lead education programs for school groups, before returning to Antietam for the rest of the season.
Look for me to make a few more posts on here this year. For now, I wanted to share this picture. It is the cover of my Kennesaw Mountain book, which is being published in the first week of April!
You can order a copy now by going to Amazon, where it will be available in paperback and Kindle form.
As some of you probably now, I have started another blog, devoted solely to Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign. You can find it here: www.kennesawmountain.wordpress.com
Thanks to so many of you who have followed this blog for what is almost three years now. Your friendly comments, visits, and support have been a great encouragement to me. I hope you enjoy the book, and I hope you all enjoy some warmer weather which will hopefully be on its way soon after this bitter winter!
For now, here is the cover for my upcoming book on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Now that it is 2014, the 150th anniversary of the Atlanta Campaign and Kennesaw Mountain is here. Because my book on Kennesaw will be out in a few months, I am starting and launching a new blog on Kennesaw Mountain and the Atlanta Campaign: www.kennesawmountain.wordpress.com.
Please check out the new site, which will have a definite focus on Kennesaw Mountain, as the title states, as well as William Tecumseh Sherman, Joseph Johnston, and the others who fought in Georgia during the summer of 1864.
Don't worry, I will still be posting regularly on here as well, and probably posting some things on both blogs. Thanks for your comments and continuing to visit this site. I really enjoy maintaining this blog, and look forward to starting a new one in this new year!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
My dear Buel,
This is the most beautiful Christmas Eve I ever saw. Clear bright moonlight and warm enough to sing carols without taking cold. One year ago today we started on the march which ended with the battle of Stones River. I hope we shall have a quieter New Years than the last. I had begn to think there was a leak in the mail bag for until I got your letter of the 13th I had not heard from home but once since leaving Nashville—Just now a band in an adjoining camp is playing “When this cruel war is over”, and I feel like (echoing) it with all my heart. I hope that next Christmas will see us all at home again.
Yesterday General Thomas offered e the command of a column of 3,000 men and a long train of Wagons going to Knoxville. But as it was to be a long trip of 10 or 12 days, which the prospect of fording streams every day and being pretty constantly wet I declined it. The first time I have ever asked to be relieved from any duty in the field. So you see, I am getting prudent.
As my regiment is at Knoxville and little prospect of its returning I shall join it by steam boat in a few days. I quite like the idea of mutering there as there is nothing of interest doing her and we can return in time for the spring campaign.
Chattanooga is simply a huge entrenched camp and for some time will be poorly supplied with rations. My Christmas dinner will be a piece of smoked bacon and hard crackers, with perhaps a potatoe.
Many a man here will not have so liberal a spread as this.
Col. Davis is getting along but slowly. He is suffering terribly from the injury to the bone and nerves of the leg and this keeps him down. He lacks the muscular power to withstand the drain on the system occasioned by wounds. He will get well but I doubt if he has a sound leg in a long time. I shall try and get him off to Nashville before I go as he has friends there who will take excellent care of him and he will be altogether more comfortable there than he can be here. He often speaks of you all and wishes to be kindly remembered. He may call on his way home in a few weeks.
Enclosed I send a letter which I found here on my return and which I think you will like to read. I need not tell you that I have answered the request contained in it. You may keep the letter for me.
So you are glad I was not at “Mission Ridge” that’s mean of you. It was the finest thing that has been done during the war and I’d not have missed it for a hole in my jacket. I have been to see all my wounded boys in the hospital and when they say, “Oh! Col. You ought to have been at Mission Ridge” I feel envious of their pride. You should see their eyes glisten when they tell of it.
A Merry Christmas to you all.
With love and remembrance,
Friday, December 13, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Book Review: John Bell Hood-The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General, by Stephen Hood
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The war would go on. Thousands more would die, including Lincoln himself. And yet, despite these deaths, despite the pain and destruction of the war, the nation and its ideals would continue to live. It continues to live today, a testament to the sacrifices that were made so many years ago. And yet, there is still "the great task remaining before us," a task that has remained and will remain for each generation of Americans, to ensure that the democratic government that Lincoln spoke of 150 years ago today "shall not perish from the earth."