The Day is done.

     The Best of the Best

  General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson

  Magnificent War Horses

  The Salute

  March to the Review

  Present the Colors, Gentlemen

  Reform the line here, boys.

  Just barely repulsed

The Gallant Charge.

 Form the Line, boys!.

 Forward, Gentlemen!

 The Union answers back.

 The Confederate volley.

 The first shot.

  The Music Men

A long time no see!

Makin' a Grand Entrance

A trio of fine Belles




  In January of 1865, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman [1820-1891]  with his Military Division of the Mississippi entered into South Carolina from Savanah. He had cut a swath of destruction 60-miles wide through Georgia and had intended to continue to do so on his way to the Carolina state capital of Columbia.  

He was hampered in his efforts by Augusta native son Confederate General
Joseph "Fightin'Joe" Wheeler [1836-1908] whose Cavalry engaged “the enemy” all along the way.

​​The Battle of Aiken

February 21, 2015

The Belles of the Battlefield...

It would not be the last time Wheeler and Kilpatrick face each other in Battle.
Aiken remembers this battle with a re-enactment every February.

   As he confidently approached Aiken the women stood on their porches waving their handkerchiefs and welcoming them in.
   Something was amiss, thought Kill Cav, as this was the last type of greeting he expected from the women of South Carolina.
   He was right. He was walking into a "blind switch" type of trap [blocked at both sides and closed at the top] set by Wheeler.
   In the heart of Aiken center, as troops from both sides rushed into fierce hand-to-hand combat, the Battle of Aiken began on February 11, 1865. It would last two days before Kill Cav retreated northward to rejoin Sherman in his march towards Columbia.
   Fightin' Joe had saved Aiken, the mills, and the gunpowder works although railroad service through Aiken would not return for another three years.

At Big Bethel in Hampton Roads, VA Captain

Kilpatrick was the first Union officer to be wounded

in battle - "in the but-tocks, Sir." - and would engage

in many conflicts such as Bull Run, Chancellorsville,

the Peninsular Campaign, Northern Virginia, and Gettysburg earning promotion upon promotion for his bold and fearless attitude. He showed "a great impatience and eagerness for orders" which endeared him to his superiors. He was aggressive, fearless, ambitious and blustery and his men had a dislike for him due to his disregard for life and losses.

He earned the nickname of "Kill Cavalry" Kilpatrick..."Kill Cav" for short.

 As Sherman headed north, Union General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick [1836-1881]

branched off and aimed for Aiken with the intent of gleefully destroying the

cotton mills in Graniteville and the Augusta gunpowder works.
Fightin' Joe matched his steps northward.

Kilpatrick, from New Jersey, had been a member of West Point class of 1861

while Wheeler was in 1859. They had both joined their respective armies as

2nd Lieutenants at the outbreak of hostilities.

The Battle of Aiken, South Carolina...

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   With Honor

I see we are ready.

The final inspection

Look alert!


I shall return to my own forces

We are ready, Sir!

Preparing the batteries

Two correspondents for the papers

The Mercantile

We must make haste before the Enemy arrives!

A Gentleman and his Lady

  Makin' sure "our Boys" are okay