Monthly Archives: March 2014

Meeting of April 29, 2014

Dave Wildman on “Iowa’s Martyr Regiment, The Story of the Thirty-eighth Iowa Infantry”

Dave Wildman

Dave Wildman

(From Drew @ Civil War Books and Authors)

Iowa’s Martyr Regiment: The Story of the Thirty-eighth Iowa Infantry, “is another fine unit history. But it is not a typical one. While many Hawkeye formations forged enviable battle records in the western and Trans-Mississippi theaters, the 38th always seemed to miss the action. Nevertheless, the roster of dead was incredibly high for such a comparatively meager combat history. While only two men were killed in action or mortally wounded, sickness sent over 300 of its soldiers to an early grave.”

In its battle with disease, the Thirty-eighth suffered a no less honored destiny than many regiments whose flags were covered with the names of battles. Combined with those discharged for disability and its combat casualties the Regiment suffered a fifty percent casualty rate without participating in any one of the great battles of the war. These dead are scattered along the Mississippi River from Dubuque, Iowa to New Orleans, and along the Gulf coast from Brownsville, Texas to Barrancas, Florida. Unlike other regiments, perhaps the Thirty-eighth Iowa’s battle flag should have been covered in black crepe, indicative of its fight with an unseen monster. Continue reading

Quiz for April 29, 2014

Civil War Generals

Q#1 – What general commanded Union forces at the Battle of First Bull Run?

Q#2 – Who commanded Confederate forces at the First Battle of Kernstown, which was fought on March 23, 1862?

Q#3 – What Union general commanded the Army of the Ohio at the Battle of Shiloh?

Q#4 – At the Battle of Shiloh, who was Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston’s second in command?

Q#5 – During the Seven Days Battle, was Union General Joseph Hooker a corps or division commander?

Q#6 – At what battle was Joseph E. Johnston wounded that led to his replacement by Robert E. Lee?

Q#7 – Who was the Union commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron that led to the capture of the City of New Orleans?

Q#8 – Who was the Confederate commander during the Union siege of Vicksburg in 1863?

Q#9 – What was the name of the Union cavalry commander who led a raid through Mississippi during April-May 1863?

Q#10 – Who was the Confederate division commanding general that Robert E. Lee left at Fredericksburg in May 1863 when Lee split his army prior to the Battle of Chancellorsville?

Q#11 – In Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, who were the Confederate generals who replaced the wounded Harry Heth and Dorsey Pender?

Q#12 – Who was the Union commander at the Battle of Chickamauga?

Q#13 – Who was the Confederate corps commander whose troops defended the Bloody Angle on May 12 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House?

Q#14 – Who became the commander of the Union Army of the Shenandoah in September 1864?

Q#15 – What was the name of the sole Confederate office who accompanied Robert E. Lee when the surrender documents were signed in the McLean House at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865? (Note: He was not a general.)