Category Archives: Armies

Fleeting Fame: Union Colonel John Fitzroy De Courcy

It is not unusual for the commander of a defeated force to get sacked. Nor is it unusual for such a commander to suffer additional consequences, if that defeat is particularly egregious, or seems to involve an overly ripe degree … Continue reading

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Class of 1842

When reading a biography of a Civil War general officer, the usual biographical sketch is: West Point Military Academy educated, Mexican War experience, volunteer organization command in early stages of the war, and then the rise through the general officer ranks. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: JEB Stuart’s Christmas Raid

It is easy today to follow in the footsteps of JEB Stuarts cavalry on their 1862 Christmas Raid.  The route is well known and there are several historic markers and Civil War Trail interpretive signs along the way to guide … Continue reading

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“…please furnish better mules…”— JEB Stuart’s 1862 Christmas Raid, Part Two

This is part two of a two-part series on Jeb Stuart’s 1862 Christmas Raid; part one was posted on December 26th. Stuart’s Christmas Raid, by John Paul Strain  After sending his famous message to Gen. Meigs, Stuart decided to confuse … Continue reading

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“…please furnish better mules…”— JEB Stuart’s 1862 Christmas Raid, Part One

This is the first of a two-part series on Jeb Stuart’s 1862 Christmas Raid. After the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia settled in the area south of the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg. On Christmas day, Gen. … Continue reading

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Christmas in Savannah: A Letter from Major Henry Hitchcock

On Christmas Eve, 1864, Major Henry Hitchcock, an officer serving on Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s staff, took a moment late in the evening to begin writing a letter home to his family. Hitchcock  did not finish it until a few days later, as … Continue reading

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The Strategic Impact of the Battle of Nashville

When Maj. Gen. George Thomas’ Union forces drove the Army of Tennessee from their position south of Nashville on December 16, 1864, it signaled an end to John Bell Hood’s invasion of Tennessee. Hood’s army in shambles, any hopes of … Continue reading

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Bled From the Top: Confederate Officer Corps in the 1864 Tennessee Campaign

When the Army of Tennessee returned to its namesake Confederate state in November 1864, the chance to provide a glimmer of hope for the South in the West marched with it. By early December, that same force was decimated after … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part II

As Wilson rested and refitted his troopers during the opening days of December, 1864, Maj. Gen. George Thomas was engaged in another battle. This one was not with John Bell Hood, but with his superiors. Throughout the first two weeks … Continue reading

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James Wilson and the Battle of Nashville, Part I

The weather was gradually changing, perhaps for the better. For several days, the Union troopers had been pelted with snow and sleet. It had been so harsh that only the woodcutters had been out in the precipitation. With a thaw … Continue reading

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