Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Conjoined Twin Eng Bunker Drafted During the Civil War

In 1865, conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker were living in North Carolina when Eng was suddenly drafted to fight in the Civil War.

The Thailand natives were living in Traphill, North Carolina as naturalized citizens when the Union army raided the area and drafted some of the locals to join their army, despite the fact that many of them, including the Bunker brothers, were Confederate supporters...Click here to read more: http://civilwarsaga.com/conjoined-twin-eng-bunker-drafted-during-the-civil-war/

Monday, March 19, 2012

Stonewall Jackson's Account of John Brown's Execution

Stonewall Jackson was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in December of 1859 when he was ordered, along with his cadets, to provide security at John Brown's execution in Charlestown, Virginia. John Brown had recently been condemned to death after his failed raid in October on Harper's Ferry in Virginia. After rumors began to swirl that some of Brown's supporters were planning to rescue Brown at the execution, Virginia Governor, Henry A. Wise, ordered 1,500 soldiers to Charlestown to make sure the execution took place...Click here to read more: http://civilwarsaga.com/stonewall-jacksons-account-of-john-browns-execution/

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stonewall Jackson's Strange Habit

General Thomas Jonathan Stonewall Jackson is a Confederate icon and considered by many to be one of the best Confederate commanders of the Civil War. According to various sources, Stonewall Jackson had a number of strange habits, one of them being that he often walked around with his hand in the air to balance the blood in his body...Click here to read more: http://civilwarsaga.com/stonewall-jacksons-strange-habit/

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Abraham Lincoln's Disastrous Dinner Party with Prince Napoleon

After an awkward first meeting at the White House on August 3, 1861, Abraham Lincoln invited Prince Napoleon to a dinner party at the White House later that evening.

Napoleon accepted and Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, threw herself into party preparations. As a fan of French fashion, Mary Todd was ecstatic about the opportunity to impress the French nobleman and spared no expense on the event. She personally selected the menu, flowers and even the vegetables from the White House garden...Click here to read more: http://civilwarsaga.com/abraham-lincolns-disastrous-dinner-party-with-prince-napoleon/