Category: Historical Accounts

War Is Kind

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind, Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky And the affrighted steed ran on alone, Do not weep. War is kind. Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment, Little souls who thirst for fight, These men were born to drill and die. The unexplained glory flies above them. Great is the battle-god,…

“When the Soldiers Went Home” –Brian Mathew Jordan

On June 11, 1865, an Iowa adjutant named Taylor Peirce wrote a letter to his wife, Catharine, and their three children in Des Moines. At the age of 42, Peirce was ancient by Army standards. Nearly three years of campaigning and picket duty, from the rifle pits of Mississippi to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, had exacted great physical costs. Peirce had…

Telling Stories to Learn Lessons –Leon Valliere

Should veterans tell stories of traumatic events? Before I can fully answer that question, we need to define a few things. Traumatic events can range anywhere from being in combat situations to training exercises gone awry. In any event, these stories are captured in field reports and kept in record for our service members to learn from. As a member…

“Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?” –Tony Horwitz

In the summer of 1862, John Hildt lost a limb. Then he lost his mind.  The 25-year-old corporal from Michigan saw combat for the first time at the Seven Days Battle in Virginia, where he was shot in the right arm. Doctors amputated his shattered limb close to the shoulder, causing a severe hemorrhage. Hildt survived his physical wound but…

The Christmas Truce of 1914

A few weeks ago, my grandmother showed me a commercial someone had emailed her that depicted the Christmas Truce of 1914. It really is an impressive advertisement: But do you know the story behind it? On Friday, January 1, 1915, The Bedfordshire Times and Independent published an article titled, “British and Germans Good Friends on Christmas Day in the Trenches”:…