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"This video was filmed July 6th, 2013, at the Saturday Night Ball during the commemorative reenactment celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, sponsored and hosted by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee. More than 12,000 reenactors and over 25,000 spectators attended the events spread over four days.

In the words of one of those attending: "The ball Saturday evening, hosted by the 2nd South Carolina String Band was the most high-energy and exciting ball I have yet attended. I arrived at the end, and was told to stay around afterwards for some "ruckus." The 2nd South Carolina broke out into, arguably, the most catchy song ever: "Southern Soldier." After every verse, the Rebel Yell screamed louder and louder, to a volume I have never heard even on a battlefield up to that point; it truly made the hair stand straight and the shine shiver.

It was simply impossible to prevent oneself from joining in, whether Yankee or Rebel. And for the finale, the 2nd SC led the audience in "Dixie." I have never heard the song played and sung by so many people with so much energy. I've always loved both songs, but for the rest of my life, "Southern Soldier" and "Dixie" will continue to give me goosebumps as never before in remembrance of that dance.

FrazierC 1st Sgt. 'The 150th Anniversary GAC Gettysburg Reenactment' This work was created by the 2nd South Carolina String Band in grateful appreciation to all of our friends and fans who have been so kind and supportive over more than 25 years, and as a tribute to all who fought for their cause 150 years ago."

This week in the Civil War for June 8, 1864


President Abraham Lincoln was nominated by his party to seek a second term on June 8, 1864 — a major political milestone for Lincoln as he pressed on with the war. The New York Times reported on May 16, 1864, that critics had been predicting Lincoln wouldn't let any major fighting go on as he pressed for the nomination for a second term. But heavy fighting by the Union in Virginia in recent days trumped the naysayers.

"The recent campaign in Virginia has very effectually silenced that calumny; for one of its most conspicuous features has been the zealous cooperation of every department of the Government and every branch of the public service ... President Lincoln has done everything in his power to insure success" in the war effort, The Times declared. It added that Lincoln was intent on the public good first and foremost. "The country may rely, with unfaltering trust, upon the supreme devotion of the President to the defence of the Government and the suppression of the rebellion," the newspaper added.

From The Associated Press and Yahoo News

Honoring the Dead: What Military Headstones Can Tell Us

By Amy Johnson Crow, on Ancestry
Though military headstones are relatively simple in their design, they can yield a surprising amount of information. In this set of slides, Amy Johnson Crow shares a bit of the history behind military headstones in the U.S., what they can tell us, and clues to look for in other types of tombstones. 

Remains of 40 Confederate soldiers discovered in Virginia cemetery

By , Fox News

Their remains sat, unmarked, in shallow graves at the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Va., for decades. Now, two centuries after the Civil War, the bodies of 40 Confederate soldiers discovered over the past two months will receive a proper memorial. 

"It's been very meaningful to us to find these spots, identify these soldiers and bring closure to families," said Ted Delaney, the cemetery's assistant director, who, along with a team of archaeologists, uncovered the exact resting place of some 40 Confederate soldiers as well as the plots where Union soldiers were once buried and later exhumed.

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This week in the Civil War for June 1, 1864


Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant pressed on with fierce fighting in Virginia, his massive Union force intent on breaking the backbone of the Confederacy on its territory. But Confederate rivals in turn exacted heavy casualties on the Union foe. On June 1, 1864, Union cavalry fighters drove back one attack by Confederate forces, which were being reinforced by more troops arriving from Richmond, Va., seat of the Confederacy. Union attempts to attack the Southern forces met with heavy casualties on the federal side. The fighting raged for days along a front stretching for miles to the Chickahominy River in Virginia. By mid-June of that year, with both sides bloodied and wearied, Grant began moves to relocate his forces in an area threatening Petersburg, Va., below Richmond.

From Yahoo News and The Associated Press

June 1864


Mark Morgan
Commander Emaratus
Lt. George E. Dixon Camp 1962
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Compatriots – 

   Last month’s column noted a reference to the spring of 1864 as “the final spring campaign” of the war, the campaign executed by Lt Gen U.S. Grant to bring Gen Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia to ground.  Another description is also used, that of “The Overland Campaign.”  Highly descriptive and highly appropriate; as Lee and his brave Southerners were finding out, Grant kept the Army of the Potomac coming, moving overland either to the left or the right, no matter the outcome of the various battles.  

   Despite regular pronouncements by Southern politicians, in several of the Southern papers and even periodically from Richmond, it was now painfully apparent the Confederate States of America was mortally wounded as a nation.  Grant’s success at Vicksburg in July 1863 (immediately followed by the Confederate surrender at Port Hudson a few days later) split the young nation in two.  Two very large, well-equipped and battle-hardened Union armies were pointed at the heart of the South and moving forward, both in northern Virginia and in northern Georgia.  

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