The Express Newspaper December 8, 2016

The Express Newspaper November 24, 2016

This Month in the Civil War: February 1864 – by S. McBride

For the rebellious Confederate States of America, the fortunes of war had taken a nosedive. Savannah had fallen.  So had Atlanta and Nashville. With the defeat at Fort Fisher on the North Carolina coast, the port of Wilmington was embattled.  Petersburg was under siege.  The Shenandoah Valley was in ruins. The Union controlled the Mississippi River. Rebel soldiers were deserting by the hundreds.

The entire article is in the February 19 edition.

Union College’s Civil War Connection – by S. McBride

The connection between Schenectady’s Union College and the American Civil War is both profound and poignant.  And given that 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the end of that defining period in our history, the college will host an exhibit in the Nott Memorial that will be on display throughout the coming year. Fittingly, it is called “Profound and Poignant; Stories of Union and the Civil War.”

Read the entire article in the Feb. 5th issue of the Express.

Sherman’s March to the Sea – By S. McBride

Union forces under General William Tecumseh Sherman had taken Atlanta in the early days of September, 1864, but the defending Confederate Army of Tennessee under General John Bell Hood hadn’t gone far.  They encamped south of the captured city while Hood made plans to lure Sherman away from Atlanta and into battle in the field.  Indeed, President Jefferson Davis had told cheering crowds in Georgia and South Carolina that “I see no chance for Sherman to escape from a defeat or a disgraceful retreat”.

Read the entire article in the Nov. 20th edition of the Express.

This Month in the Civil War: Sherman Moves to Georgia – By S. McBride


  “Mine eyes have beheld the Promised Land!”

   So wrote Major James Connolly of the 123rd Illinois Infantry to his wife, describing the arrival of Union forces on a high bluff overlooking the second-most important city in the Confederate States of America – Atlanta, Georgia - in mid-July of 1864.

   The Union soldiers, on seeing the city, gave voice to a cheer that Major Connolly supposed might have been heard all the way to Atlanta.  Within moments, he said, Generals William T. Sherman and George Thomas had joined them on the overlook, gazing southward across the Chattahoochee River at the city in the distance.  Atlanta was a strategic city, a rail hub with foundries, factories, munitions plants and supply depots all very vital to the survival of the Confederacy. Its importance to the rebellious south could not be overstated, and the Confederates had encircled it with elaborate fortifications.


Read the entire article in the July 10th issue of the Express.