“A Painful, but not Dangerous, Wound. . .”

Beverly Kennon Whittle was one of the victims of the General Rosser’s misadventure on Coffman’s Hill. In his diary, Private Whittle recounted his trials after being wounded, and the brief, unheroic record of his experience gives us an idea of the extent of the disintegration of Rosser’s command after the rout. Whittle spent his 19th birthday in a military…

Virginia’s Food Supply

Food tops the list of things that we take for granted. As a result, our attitude toward food serves as a great handicap as we try to understand history. U.S. Grant’s express purpose in the spring of 1864 was to starve the Confederate army into submission. He understood that it might take a year or…