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This Day in the American Civil War


150 years ago, on October 14, 1861, in the Portland (ME) Daily Advertiser

In an article titled, “Speeches of Our Generals” General Anderson spoke to the Kentucky Home Guards:

“Boys, you are going to fight for your country. Honor yourself by heroic deeds in her behalf. Never disgrace yourselves, boys. Do everything that is right and nothing that is wrong. There, boys, that is my speech to you.”

The “Boston Post” reported that public interest in the war left little room for interest in anything else. “The usual events in life strike us but faintly in comparison with issues of the battles. The case of the old lady who complained in the time of the Mexican war that she ‘didn’t enjoy her murders’ any more, illustrates the position of thousands in the country at the present moment. Common casualties are scarcely glanced at in the newspapers; marriages interest nobody but the ‘happy pair’; and deaths in the natural way have lost half their impressiveness. As to literature, who reads a book now unless it treats of ‘broil and battle?’ ‘Sensation novels’ produce no sensation whatever, and poetry is not even ‘a drug in the market,’ for drugs are saleable, and verses have no buyers.”

According to Quilp: “No matter, let us put down the rebellion before we fret over the losses that it occasions to thousands of loyal people who are suffering for the treason of others. Business before pleasure is the motto. If we can secure the country to its old integrity—and ‘the Union must be preserved’ –we shall be able to rejoice in a sweeter prosperity than we ever knew before.”

For more newspaper posts of the day during the war, visit: 

And for award winning romance set during the height of the American Civil War, visit my website  and blog 

Susan Macatee sets her stories of romance during and just after the American Civil War. Her passion for this period in American history also extends to the paranormal. You’ll find time travelers, ghosts, and vampires in the mix.

Her interest in the period stems from her years spent as a civilian Civil War reenactor, alongside her husband, who did the military side, with the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment for about ten years.



  1. Susan, you are so knowledgable about this time period. I always enjoy your posts. No wonder your books are so good!

  2. Thanks, Caroline! It’s fun to see what people of the time were reading in the newspapers.

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