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A Blog Remembering the Men and Women of the American Civil War, North & South, people, faces, and a unique culture we will never see again. Photos and stories about the people that lived it, including African American Photographs, pre civil war photos and the period in cultural history that began just after the civil war. The historical info, photos and documents in this blog reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. This blog does not endorse the views expressed in some posts, which may contain materials offensive to some readers, you cannot compare the beliefs and ethical values of the people of the 1800's to the standards of today.
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The events of the war, and the men of the war, are fast fading from the public attention. Its history is growing to be an “Old, Old Story.” Public interest is weakening day by day. The memory of march, and camp, and battle-field, of the long and manly endurance, of the superb and uncomplaining courage, of the mass of sacrifice that redeemed the Nation, is fast dying out. Those who rejoice in the liberty and peace secured by the soldier’s suffering and privation, accept the benefits, but deny or forget the benefactor-1877 National Tribune.
Brigadier General Edwin Henry Stoughton’s Rump Slap By Colonel Mosby
Mosby’s Rangers(led by Confederate officer John S. Mosby) led a daring raid into Union Territory and captured Stoughton at Fairfax Court Houseon March 9, 1863. After leaving a party, Stoughton retired to a nearby house that served as his headquarters. Mosby allegedly found Stoughton in bed, rousing him with a slap to his rear. Upon being so rudely awakened, the general shouted, “Do you know who I am?” Mosby quickly replied, “Do you know Mosby, general?” “Yes! Have you got the rascal?” “No but he has got you!”
Apparently, Edwin H. Stoughton was not popular with the officers and men of the brigade, and few mourned his loss… (Per wiki) President Lincoln, on hearing of the capture, said “he did not so much mind the loss of a brigadier general, for he could make another in five minutes; ‘but those horses cost $125 a piece!’”
After a two-month stay in Richmond's Libby Prison, Stoughton was exchanged, but saw no further service. He resigned from the Union Army in May 1863 and moved to New York. He died age 30.