Author Archives: Daniel Davis

From the ECW Archives—A Grand Charge: Emory Upton’s Assault on the Mule Shoe Salient, Conclusion

The men from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Wisconsin and Vermont milled about the clearing in the middle of the afternoon. A cool spring breeze rustled the leaves on the trees around them. Some talked, while others smoked, chewed on hardtack or … Continue reading

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From the ECW Archives—A Grand Charge: Emory Upton’s Assault on the Mule Shoe Salient, Part 1

A small group of officers stood at the tree line. To their immediate front, resting across an open field lay fresh mounds of earth—earthworks constructed by the Confederate infantry. Each man studied the ground intently, some conversing in hushed tones.  Others stood … Continue reading

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The Topography of Spotsylvania

Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to give a tour of the Spotsylvania and North Anna River battlefield to a great group from the Central Ohio Civil War Round Table. I have walked Spotsylvania many times; however, one … Continue reading

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Where Was George Gordon Meade?

A Google search of the many sketches and paintings that have become the iconic, popular images of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House may unveil a startling revelation. The commander of the Army of the Potomac, the principle … Continue reading

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Lt. Gen. U.S. Grant’s Dispatch to the Secretary of War April 9, 1865

Headquarters Appomattox C.H. Va., April 9th, 1865, 4:30 p.m. Hon. E.M. Stanton: Secretary of War, Washington. General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia this afternoon on terms proposed by myself. The accompanying additional correspondence will show the conditions fully. … Continue reading

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Closing Lee’s Western Door: The Battle of Appomattox Station

The evacuation of Farmville and subsequent fight at Cumberland Church continued to force Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia west. By the morning of April 8, Lee’s next objective was Appomattox Station, where he hoped to obtain critical supplies … Continue reading

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The Battles for High Bridge April 6-7, 1865

After leaving Amelia Court House, Gen. Robert E. Lee headed his columns west in the hopes of putting some distance between himself and the pursuing Union armies under Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Lee knew that his worn out and … Continue reading

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A Second Medal of Honor: Thomas Ward Custer at Sailor’s Creek

The scene about to play out was one that had become all too familiar in recent days. Union cavalry squadrons were preparing to assault an enemy position. An artillerist recalled that it was “the grandest sight he had ever witnessed.” … Continue reading

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Beyond the 150th at Bentonville

As the 150th Anniversary of Bentonville fades into memory, I thought it would be appropriate to share some of the ongoing efforts by their wonderful staff to interpret the battle beyond the Sesquicentennial. The following is a brief excerpt from “Preserving the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week 23 March

What was the greatest missed opportunity of the Battle of Bentonville? Was it Joseph Johnston’s inability to follow through on his assault on the first day, as discussed in Lee White’s piece on the Army of Tennessee? Was it Mower’s failure … Continue reading

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