Angel’s Share: Musings of a bourbon sipping ACW Student

January 21, 2008

The purpose of a blog…

Filed under: Uncategorized — angelshare @ 2:49 am

As I understand it, the main purpose for a blog is to provide the Internet community with the benefit of one’s thoughts, feelings and understandings on just about any topic in the Universe. Well, that’s cool. I’ve read a few blogs for the past year or so and as I posted in my grand entrance, it’s something that I’ve considered for awhile now.So, what possible things are floating around in my little world that may be of interest to you, the reader? Well, since my blog is dedicated to the study of the ACW I think it’s important to at least note the topics that are of major interest to me right now.Having studied the Battle of Gettysburg more than any other battle, most of my interest lies in some of the more controversial, or little known topics having to do with that battle. For instance, Farnsworth’s Charge has been a topic of overall study for me over the last couple of years. While it’s not something that I study every day, I do try to dig into some information about it every now & then. Last December I was scheduled to make a trip up to Gettysburg to get together with a couple of friends of mine to try and locate the fenceline for the Alabama troops. Why? Because in many of the writings the men from Alabama claim to have seen Farnsworth fall. They also claim to have seen Riley’s battery from their position. The men of the 4th AL were pulled from the line in response to one of the phases of the Cavalry attack and I’ve wondered how Law could have sent a rider down, pulled the troops and repositioned them by the Slyder Farm while the Union Cav is charging at them. Still not sure on that one.But, back to the wall. Though I wasn’t able to make it, my friends Jon Plott, Alan Ramsey and Will Dupuis were able to locate the wall and use the GPS to mark it. Will took some great photos from the area showing that indeed, the Alabama troops were able to fully take in the D shaped field from their position. I’ll have to check with Will to see if I can post a picture of that for you here.This is just but one aspect of a very complicated mystery having to do with Gettysburg. It’s the reason I keep going back…these mysteries are endless! My hope is to continue to gather enough information so that I can settle in my own mind what I think happened during that fateful charge of Farnsworth. In the meantime, there are so many other areas in that one battle to study. Sure I would love to have the time to dig into Chickamauga and Chancellorsville – my two other favorite battles. But Gettysburg is the one that always keeps me coming back.I plan on elaborating on both Farnsworth and other aspects of the battle over time. Β 



  1. Do you generally subscribe to the traditional view of Farnsworth’s attack, or another that has significant revisions (e.g. A. Custer as outlined in B&G)?

    Comment by Drew W. — January 22, 2008 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Drew,

    Thanks for your post. Well, your question is not a simple one to answer. The maneuvers were complicated and confusing I’m sure for the participants, even moreso for those of us trying to grasp an understanding 140 some odd years later! Suffice it to say that there are elements to the article in B&G that I think very worthy of consideration. Some of these I will be elaborating on over time as I continue my journey to understand it to the best of my ability. I cannot claim that I am any sort of expert on Farnsworth’s Charge, far from it. I can share with you that after countless hours looking at the same sources cited by all of the authors who have published on the subject, plus the primary sources that I have seen that many of the conclusions that authors have come to just don’t add up entirely. Certain pieces add up, but not the total picture.

    Hopefully I can continue to lay out the discussion points and evidence as I see it for consideration. We may never be able to get all the puzzle pieces to fit, but that won’t stop me from pondering about it! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for commenting!

    Comment by angelshare — January 23, 2008 @ 12:54 am | Reply

  3. Chris, I look forward to more on the charge. It has always interested me, and the controversy has peeked my interest even more. Good luck on your blog.

    Comment by Christ Liebegott — January 23, 2008 @ 5:34 am | Reply

  4. Chris,

    Your now in my favorite’s list. You can thank Eric – that is, if you want to.

    Good luck!


    Comment by Phil — January 23, 2008 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Christ,

    Thanks for checking out the blog. I’ll be discussing more of my thoughts on Farnsworth’s Charge as well as a myriad of other Gettysburg related topics. Glad you could join in!


    Comment by angelshare — January 23, 2008 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Christ,

    Thanks for checking out the blog. I’ll be discussing more of my thoughts on Farnsworth’s Charge as well as a myriad of other Gettysburg related topics. Glad you could join in!


    Comment by angelshare — January 23, 2008 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  7. Hi Phil,

    Thanks for checking it out. I appreciate Eric adding me to his blog roll and I’ll be sure and return the favor once I figure it all out. I’m a bit confused as to some of the terminology in the blog world, but I’ll get it eventually!


    Comment by angelshare — January 23, 2008 @ 11:31 pm | Reply

  8. Welcome aboard Chris!!! I took up blogging early in 2007 for my wagaming hobby, and it quickly became one of the most ACW popular gaming sites. I then was asked by my local newspaper to write a Civil War blog, so I am double-dipping. It’s a lot of fun, but also a challenge to come up with fresh material, as you will find.

    My very best wishes from the Mad Wargamer!

    Comment by Scott Mingus — January 24, 2008 @ 3:44 am | Reply

  9. Chris,

    Good to see you blogging. I look forward to reading your comments.

    Comment by Bill Satterlee — January 24, 2008 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  10. Congrats on the blog…I hope this is the same Chris Army from Military History Online and the Gettysburg photos.

    Best of Luck in your future blogging!

    Billy Yank…aka: Corey Meyer

    Comment by billyank1864 — January 25, 2008 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  11. Hey this could be good!


    Comment by Jim Brinton — January 26, 2008 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  12. Chris,
    Always enjoy your Farnsworth discussions. I know how much time you’ve put into it and I appreciate your open-minded approach. Don’t always agree tho πŸ™‚


    Comment by Jim Brinton — January 28, 2008 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  13. Hey Jim,

    Well it’s ok not to agree…after all it’s the discovery and discussion that I like. If I had, over time, been able to form any solid opinions about most of that action I might get wound up because you don’t agree. However, the understanding and evaluation of Farnsworth’s Charge is still evolving for me.

    Let’s get out there again soon!

    Comment by angelshare — February 3, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

  14. Hey, great blog…but I don’t understand how to add your site in my rss reader. Can you Help me, please πŸ™‚

    I’m Out! πŸ™‚

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