Category Archives: Battlefields & Historic Places

Reward for Service

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub Firing had been growing in intensity all along the line. The skirmishers of Governeur Warren’s V Corps were hotly engaged with Richard Ewell’s Confederates. The Army of the Potomac … Continue reading

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“A Bloody Battle is a Dreadful Experience”: Edward Craighill and the Aftermath of First Manassas

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jimmy Price Edward A. Craighill of Charles Town, VA had not yet reached the age of 21 at the time of the First Battle of Manassas. When war broke out, young … Continue reading

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Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

  Emerging Revolutionary War and Revolutionary War Wednesday is pleased to welcome back guest historian Drew Gruber. Part 1 When we think about American militia during the Revolutionary War, the image of an untrained rifle-toting citizen turned soldier comes to … Continue reading

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8:08 a.m.

The clock at Grant Cottage still reads 8:08—the time of Ulysses S. Grant’s death on the morning of July 23, 1885.

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In Combat

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub Ready! When you first begin seriously studying the Civil War, you quickly learn that the tactics employed in the Civil War, particularly by the infantry (foot soldiers), were profoundly … Continue reading

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Among the Ruins at Jericho Mill

As a volunteer at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, I had the privilege this week  to join an NPS site visit to Jericho Mills on the North Anna battlefield. The property still belongs to the Civil War Trust, although it will eventually be … Continue reading

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Captain John Hanson McNeill and the McNeill Rangers: Rebel Strike Force Supreme

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Richard Chapman When discussing great Confederate independent cavalry raiders in the Civil War, it seems that they have three parts to their name: General John Hunt Morgan, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, and … Continue reading

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ERW Weekender – Yorktown

  Rev War Wednesday and Emerging Revolutionary War is pleased to welcome guest historian Kate Gruber.  Let me guess– you are a Rev War Nerd who is the best friend of/dating/married to a Civil War Nut. I recognize the symptoms. … Continue reading

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The Fall of the Chancellorsville Crossroads

The following is a chapter excerpt from “That Furious Struggle: Chancellorsville and the High Tide of the Confederacy, May 1-4, 1863,” authored by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White. The Chancellor House site will be one of the stops on the upcoming … Continue reading

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Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg, and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Conclusion of a series After examining the evidence, it seems clear that Senator Wade’s inflammatory and defamatory statements about Meade’s conduct of the pursuit of the Army of Northern Virginia were simply incorrect. Given the circumstances under which he was … Continue reading

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