Author Archives: Daniel Davis

Stones in The Road: Conclusion of a Series

On the evening of March 23, 1864, a telegram arrived at Phil Sheridan’s headquarters in Loudon, Tennessee. It was addressed to Sheridan and had been forwarded from Major General Henry Halleck, the Army’s Chief of Staff. It read: “Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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Review Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia

Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks and Wythe Holt Savas Beatie, 2013 312 pages, 140 images, 5 maps In the spring of 1861, our Nation was ripped apart by … Continue reading

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Stones in the Road: “Remember Chickamauga”

Part five in a series. The changing leaves fell slowly to the ground from the trees atop Lookout Mountain. Overlooking Chattanooga, Tennesee, this great giant peered down on the Union lines around the city. Inside, the Army of the Cumberland … Continue reading

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Stones in the Road: “The Situation Was Not Promising”

Part four in a series. Early on the morning of September 22, 1863 Phil Sheridan’s division limped into Chattanooga. Their defeat only two days before along the banks of Chickamauga Creek was wearing heavy on the men as they took … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem—New Market

Day Ten in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown Situated about 20 minutes north of Harrisonburg, Virginia is the small town of New Market. Here on May 15, 1864, Confederates under Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge engaged a Union force … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—The Trevilian Station Battlefield

Day Two in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown The Trevilian Station Battlefield is located in Lousia County, Virginia. Although only a two-day battle, the engagement was part of a larger operation that entailed three major objectvies. After being stalemated by … Continue reading

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Stones in the Road: Phil Sheridan and the Shadow of Chickamauga

Part three in a series. During the American Civil War, or any armed conflict for that matter, the action or inaction of a high ranking officer often spawned controversy. Some of the more popular examples we can point to today … Continue reading

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Stones in the Road: To the Fall of ’63

Part Two in a Series On the morning of June 24, 1863, the Army of the Cumberland set out from their winter encampments. Their target was Braxton Bragg’s Confederate Army of Tennessee. For Phil Sheridan, it had been over three … Continue reading

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Stones in the Road: Philip Sheridan at Chickamauga and Chattanooga

Part one in a series At the close of the American Civil War,  three men received the most accolades for contributing to the capitulation of the Confederacy: Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman and Philip Henry Sheridan. Of the three, … Continue reading

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An Ornament of the Army

On August 25, 1863, the following appeared in the Rochester Democrat and American. It was written by Ira Clark. Clark, a one time Adjutant of the 140th New York Infantry, wrote it in tribute to the regiment’s Colonel, Patrick H. … Continue reading

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