Category Archives: Battles

Civil War Williamsburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Drew Gruber. It comes as no surprise that Williamsburg’s Civil War history has been on the backburnersince the battle that bears its name was fought in 1862. Few picture the iconic blue … Continue reading

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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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“Act for the best, and God speed you”: Lead-Up to the Battle of Portland Harbor, part one

A shout-out belongs to Chris Mackowski, who recognized this story’s drama much sooner than I did, and has been asking that I write this series for over a year now—I should have followed his advice much earlier. I grew up … Continue reading

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Question of the Week—January 12, 2015

This week’s question of the week comes from ECW reader Dwight Hughes: I have a question for you experts: Everyone talks about Jackson’s brilliance at Chancellorsville. What about Second Manassas? The flanking movement at Chancellorsville was excellently conceived and executed, … Continue reading

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On Victory

Douglas MacArthur famously said, “In war, there is no substitute for victory.” Yet as one looks at the Civil War, many battles seem not to offer a clear winner, or at the least, they offer a complicated definition of who … 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 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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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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Merry Christmas from Uncle Billy

150 years ago today, following his march across Georgia, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote the following note: Savannah, Georgia, December 22, 1864 To His Excellency, President Lincoln, Washington, D.C. I beg to present to you as a Christmas-gift, the … 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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