Month: February 2015

Richard Clow’s Interest in the 56th Mass.? – The Crater – July 1864

Thinking back to some of the reasons why Richard Clow may have enlisted in the 56th Mass. Infantry in 1865, one of the items he notes in his February letter to his sister is that the 56th was “cut up badly” and needed replacements….

City Point, Virginia, Busiest Seaport in the World 1864 – 1865

Here are pictures I took of displays at City Point while researching the Civil War experiences of Richard Clow at Petersburg in 1865. Note the variety and sizes of ships in the harbor. Sailing vessels and steamboats, large and small plied the harbor delivering the…

February 23, 1865 – Richard Clow’s Letter Speaks from the Past!

Two pictures of the fortifications at Petersburg from each side’s perspective helps us understand some of Richard Clow’s written coments in the section of the letter written on 23 Feb, 1865.

Soldier’s Hut at Petersburg Battlefield – 8ft by 8ft- Comfy by 1865 standards!

This is an enlisted man’s hut (4 soldiers to a hut) regarded as very accommodating and cozy for the men to overwinter at Petersburg in the winter of 1864-65.

Tour Fort Hayes near Petersburg. VA – Well Worth the Visit – Needs some TLC !

I shot these pictures while doing my research for the book:  “Rough Enough”  describing Richard Clow’s time in Civil War along with his letters and diary from this period and the frontier. : These are about the best shots I could get of the site…

Richard Clow’s February 1865 Letter Clips

Reading the first line of Richard Clow’s letters to his sisters in Feb. 1865 will pique your interest in this young man’s life!

This is the Month to start reading “Rough Enough”

The time is ripe to pick up this wonderful Civil War book following the life of young Richard Clow in 1865.

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