My Wife’s Great Grandfather Jack Riley’s photos during World War I

My Wife’s Great Grandfather Jack Riley’s photos during World War I

These postcard photos were passed down to my wife, Marcelle Cashon, and I was fascinated with the history they described during the Battle of the Marne area of France.


Fake News: The liar is no whit better than the thief

Fake News: The liar is no whit better than the thief

We have heard a lot lately concerning the term ‘Fake News’, and this is not a new concept. In the beginning of the twentieth century, yellow journalism was being employed at full steam in an attempt to reach more readers, no matter the truth.

This is also when the ‘muckraker‘ began informing the public about the practices that were hurting the common working man, which led to labor improvements such as the eight-hour workday, the end of deplorable working conditions and the end of child labor.

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The Battle of Shiloh from the Confederate Army’s Perspective

I am in the process of researching Paducah, Kentucky’s 3rd Confederate Infantry as it fought during the Battle of Shiloh and later throughout the war. To do so, I have been using a Civil War tactical game called, Ultimate General: Civil War, and in the video below, the perspective of the Battle of Shiloh is the Confederacy and the choices it had while attacking the Union forces on April 6th, 1862. This video was created by Agrippa Maxentius on YouTube.

I am using this video to follow all of the 3rd Confederate’s movement on that day to get a better idea of the geography and forces arrayed against their brigade, and I am posting the video to give the reader my thought process as I study the landscape and the battle in detail. I am also studying the exact topography maps of the battlefield to be able to track the movements of the brigade to make sure this map on the game will be able to hold up to scrutiny. Check out this link from the Civil War Trust highlighting the Battle of Shiloh.

Future articles will be posted giving the exact movements of the Third Confederate Infantry and its soldiers from Paducah, Kentucky, so stay tuned for more.

Here is the video:

The Battle of Shiloh from a new strategic video game, Ultimate General: Civil War

I am a big fan of strategic games like Total War, and I have discovered a new game coming out called, Ultimate General: Civil War. I watch other fans of this genre that record their battles on YouTube. This video is from Agrippa Maxentius on YouTube, which shows his Battle of Shiloh. I wanted to share with you how I use tactical maneuvers that I learn while reading my history books in these games to see if they work as it was recorded. I hope you enjoy this video: