General Reynolds and Kate Hewett

A Secret Civil War Engagement At the time that he was killed during the first day of the battle, John Reynolds was secretly engaged to a woman by the name of Kate Hewett. His family did not even know about Kate. But when Reynolds’ body was returned home to...

AL Coble Rock Carving in Gettysburg

Finding rock carvings is a great way to explore the Gettysburg Battlefield.  One of my favorites is the AL Coble rock carving in the area of Spangler’s Spring.  AL Coble was 20-year-old Augustus L. Coble of Company E of the 1st North Carolina Regiment.   On the...

Civil War Music – Jenny Get Your Hoecake

Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake by the 2nd South Carolina String Band  This song was written in 1840 by Joel Walker Sweeney. It was published with the title, “Jenny Get Your Hoe Cake Done, the Celebrated banjo song, as sung with great Applause at the Broadway...

Civil War Music – Buffalo Gals

The song Buffalo Gals is a traditional American song that was popular during the Civil War.  According to the Library of Congress, the song was originally called Lubly Fan Will You Cum Out To Night? and was written in 1844 by the blackface minstrel John Hodges, who...