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Below are questions asked of the Author and the answers that he provided:

Q: "I am interested in finding maps and information on the exact sites for a skirmish that happened in Bath, KY known either as the battle of mudlick or olympian springs.  Do you have this information in your book"


A: In volume S51, p. 599 of the Army Official Records, the 6th IN Calvalry, Captain Peck went on a recon to Olympian Springs, KY (10/08-11/63).  They mention 2 properties (Wate (Confederate) * Hall, a Union man).

Yes, this info is in my reference, Section 1863/4, p. 33.  Thanks for asking.


Q: "Did the wagons used during the Civil War have serial numbers?  And how can we identify the authenticity of a wagon?"

A: Wagons were built by contractors, who were supposed to stencil their name/business and location on the wagons.  At the depot where they were delivered, the U.S. was added by a government employee.  Each wagon was also supposed to have a serial number, which was probably also added at this time.

Many wagons were later marked with the unit that they went to, such as the 3rd NH Infantry, Quartermaster Corps, etc.

Many wagons were captured & re-captured during the war, especially by the Condederacy who probably had as many US wagons as their own.  Also, many wagons were just taken from civilians on both sides.

To authenticate an actual wagon, I would have someone very knowledeable with that time period examine it.  Some antique dealers can do just that.  Also, there are many re-enactors who know the real deal when they see it.



Q: "How much information is contained within your books about the confederate Navy?  Particularly about commerce raiding and shipbuilding in Europe? - Joseph W. Bennett Jr., Co-Chair, Oregon, Dodd/Edwards Civil War Roundtable

A:  The privateers, especially Alabama, Georgia, & Shenandoah, are covered quite extensively from launching to destruction or surrender.  Where most of these captains kept journals, I have quoted them a great deal, letting them tell of their exploits first hand.  Many of the ships are mentioned either in commissioning, raiding, or destruction, which many times was self-inflicted to keep the vessel out of Union hands.  Conversely, the Union blockade is also covered in great detail on a day-by-day basis.  My Reference contains a section on Privateers and one on US Blockade ships, added in 2010 and updated extensively in 2011.

Q: "
Who killed Abraham Lincoln?" - Doris from Manchester, NH.
A:  The actor, John Wilkes Booth.

Q: "Did any women actually fight?" - Janet from Weare, NH.
A:  Yes, over 200 women disguised themselves as men, some just to be with their husbands, others actually experienced combat and were discovered to be women when doctors tended to their wounds.

Q: "
Were soldiers allowed to return home to visit?" - Shirley from Milford, MA.
A:  Yes, depending on a number of factors, time in uniform, location, and some were even allowed to return home to vote in the 1864 election.

Q: "
Did soldiers going home to vote have much of an impact?" - Shirley from Milford, MA.
A:  Yes, President Abraham Lincoln would probably not have been re-elected without their support plus Atlanta, GA had just fallen, which was a huge morale boost for the Union side.



Q: "Were any Native Americans involved?" - Doug from Sacramento, CA.
A:  Yes, Native Americans fought for both sides and for many dfferent reasons.
Many fought for the Confederacy, hoping they would be better treated by them.  
Other Nations remained loyal to the Union.




 
 
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