The state Senate paused briefly this week to recognize a little-known New Mexico native whose bushwhacking skills helped pull a Union victory from the jaws of defeat 151 years ago at the Battle of Glorieta Pass.
The certificate of recognition says Manuel Antonio Cháves was “affectionately known to the people of New Mexico as El Leoncito de Sudoeste, or The Little Lion of the Southwest, befitting an authentic Spanish-American hero.”
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John H. Varney was a man that history tends to pass over in its quest for war
heroes, leaders, and compelling stories. He was never given any medals, was not
a high-ranking officer, and his name was so common he was not even the only John Varney from Milton in the Union army. He served as a commissary officer and had the responsibility of ensuring the soldiers were supplied with rations, not exactly a position for glory and honor.
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The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, the day more Americans were killed in a single day of battle than at any other time in American history, is Sept. 17. The following, the second of two parts, is by Walter Holden of Franklin, a World War II veteran and expert on the Fifth New Hampshire, who has published articles on the subject.
A Washington, D.C.-area collector and his family have donated more than 1,000 Civil War photographs to the Library of Congress. But you won’t find the men in these photos in history books — they’re enlisted soldiers, and most of them are unidentified.
The Woodman Institute Museum this year commemorates Dover area citizens who served 150 years ago in what became our nation’s bloodiest war.
We often think of the Civil War as being fought a long way from here, forgetting that thousands of young New England men, from small cities like Dover and Rochester, joined local regiments and left home and family behind to fight in places they’d never heard of to preserve the federal union.
Portsmouth officials suspect that whoever caused $10,000 worth of damage to a 124-year-old Civil War memorial in the New Hampshire city had intended to sell the stolen parts as scrap metal.
Sometime in the last three weeks, thieves removed a 200-pound stack of sculptured cannon balls from the city’s Soldiers and Sailors monument. The monument was erected in 1888 to honor Civil War veterans and was restored in 2003.
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A small crowd gathered at the Porter Equestrian statue in Haven Park as a man dressed in a blue union army outfit and a woman in a hoop skirt and blue bonnet placed a wreath and sword at the foot of the statue.
On the heels of the 125th anniversary on Friday of the official army pardon of Fitz John Porter and his 1886 reinstatement into the army, Saturday morning saw the Major General’s sword returned home.