The Civil War in Spotsylvania County: Confederate Campfires at the Crossroads

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From 1861 to 1865, hundreds of thousands of troops from both sides of the Civil War marched through, battled and camped in the woods and fields of Spotsylvania County, earning it the nickname 'Crossroads of the Civil War.' When not engaged with the enemy or drilling, a different kind of battle occupied soldiers boredom, hunger, disease, homesickness, harsh winters and spirits both broken and swigged. Focusing specifically on the local Confederate encampments, renowned author and historian Michael Aubrecht draws from published memoirs, diaries, letters and testimonials from those who were there to give a fascinating new look into the day-to-day experiences of camp life in the Confederate army. So huddle around the fire and discover the days when the only meal was a scrap of hardtack, temptation was mighty and a new game they called 'baseball' passed the time when not playing poker or waging a snowball war on fellow compatriots.
ISBN: 9781596296961
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 54
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Historian Michael Aubrecht has dedicated his studies to the histories of Major League Baseball and the Civil War. From 2000 through 2006, Michael authored over 375 essays on the history of America's national pastime for Baseball-Almanac. Today, Michael primarily writes books on the Civil War, as well as historical features for the Free Lance-Star newspaper and Civil War Historian and Patriots of the American Revolution magazines. He also hosts a popular Internet video-show titled The Naked Historian and consults on independent documentary films. In the fall of 2009, Michael appeared in and coproduced The Angel of Marye's Heights with director and filmmaker Clint Ross. A popular tour guide, lecturer and radio guest, Michael is vice-chairman of the National Civil War Life Foundation and the founder of The Jefferson Project. He works as a technical writer for the U.S. Marshals Service and lives in historic Spotsylvania, Virginia, with his wife Tracy and four children, Dylan, Madison, Kierstyn and Jackson. For more information, or to book Michael for your engagement, please visit his website and blog at
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