This week on FOR THE HISTORY BUFF, I thought it would be fun to share a bit about the research I’m doing for my current work in progress (WIP), a Civil War manuscript, which I’ve tentatively entitled, Beyond These War-Torn Lands.
These past few months, I’ve been engrossed in research surrounding the Civil War era. It was a devastating period in America’s history, and yet from it we can draw so many examples of rich heroism and courage.
My WIP begins in 1864, the final year of the Civil War, during a lesser known battle called the Battle of Monocacy Junction. Major General Lew Wallace was in charge of the Union troops. Sorely outnumbered, the Union took a beating throughout the day-long skirmish, gaining ground at times, only to be driven back again, and finally retreating along the Baltimore turnpike.
Many lives were lost on both sides that day. General Wallace took the blame for the loss. His disgrace was short-lived, however, as his superiors soon realized that, though a loss for the Union, the battle had gained the Federals valuable time to send reinforcements to Washington.
If the Confederates hadn’t been delayed, they might well have taken the Capital, captured President Lincoln, and won the war. Thus, the Battle of Monocacy Junction became known as, “The Battle that Saved Washington.”
One other fun tidbit I discovered in my research regarding General Lew Wallace. How many of you have read the book or seen the movie Ben-Hur? The author??? None other than Lew Wallace. Who knew?
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