Author Archives: Phill Greenwalt

Jonesborough, Georgia: The Battle that Doomed Atlanta

Like Corinth, Mississippi or Petersburg, Virginia, the town of Jonesboro, Georgia was significant to military planners and general officers for one simple fact: two or more railroads came to a junction there. Running south from Atlanta was the Macon and Western … Continue reading

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To Georgia With Lee

When John Bell Hood assumed command of the Army of Tennessee on July 18, 1864 he quickly changed the tactics employed by the main Confederate army in the west. Under the leadership of Joseph E. Johnston, the Army of Tennessee … Continue reading

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In Honor of the Ft. Stevens 150th

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“Scared Ol’ Abe Like Hell”: The Battle of Fort Stevens

They were not much to look at: a ragtag, dust caked, mostly shoe-less, begrimed bunch of tanned soldiers carrying rifles and shuffling toward Washington D.C. But, they represented a big threat. Especially in the summer of 1864. They were not … Continue reading

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Battle of Lynchburg 150th

Continuing the trend of the 150th, the Lynchburg (VA) Civil War Sesquicentennial is hosting a week of events to commemorate the Battle of Lynchburg fought on June 17 – 18, 1864. One of the highlights, which I may be a … Continue reading

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The Freeman Markers

If you have been to any of the battlefields around Richmond, Virginia or if you have ever just driven the non-interstate roads around the Virginia capital, you have seen a “Freeman Marker.”

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“The fairest of targets…” June 3, 1864

“Chip, chip, chip” rang out in the predawn darkness along the stretch of lines held by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. An incessant chipping sound as metal object, mostly axes, cut into Virginia timber.

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“If You Realized What Is Going To Happen in the Morning…”

As June 1, 1864 turned into the history books, both sides reevaluated the current dispositions of their respective forces; and both leaders, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, sidled troops to this now very critical Virginia crossroads of Cold … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for June 2, 2014: “J.E.B” Stuart, Second Corps Commander?

“We have very bad news. General Stuart is mortally wounded”—that’s how Robert E. Lee, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s commander, reported to staff and fellow officers the news of the death of his cavalry chief, James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart. … Continue reading

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“If this army is unable to resist Grant…” The Confederates Move To Cold Harbor

After the engagements along Totopotomoy Creek and Bethesda Church, Grant set his sights on another crossroads–one that could ultimately decide the campaign–and it was once again a seemingly innocent crossroads–by the name of Cold Harbor. As Grant’s cavalry, under the … Continue reading

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