Category Archives: Campaigns

Appomattox and Bennett Place: A Remarkable Contrast

I had the honor and privilege of attending and participating in a portion of the weeklong commemoration sof the surrenders at Bennett Place on April 18, 2015, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the initial peace treaty by Maj. … Continue reading

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The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: Part Two

The Conclusion of a Series The Army of the Potomac benefited greatly early on July 1st due to the fact that no high ranking Confederate officer seemed to want to take control of the fight. Division commander Henry Heth has … Continue reading

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Events Larger Than One Person: The Surrenders at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina

Conclusion. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, ever the good soldier, obeyed Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s order. He informed his adversary, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, that the civil authorities in Washington, D. C. had rejected their treaty on the grounds … Continue reading

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Just You Wait

It can be hard when researching primary sources from the American Civil War to separate ourselves from the big-picture understanding that we have of the momentous struggle. We know the final outcome and the logical pattern that led to the … Continue reading

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The Curmudgeon, The Eccentric, and the “Norse God”: How Three Men Impacted the Battle of Gettysburg: Part 1

Part One in a Series Introduction  The argument over how and why the Army of Northern Virginia lost the Battle of Gettysburg has been debated since the southern army withdrew from the small Pennsylvania town. A blame game of sorts … Continue reading

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The Bloody Railroad Cut at Gettysburg: Part One

Part One in a Series On the morning of July 1st, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers made their way towards the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg. Three full days of viscous fighting were touched off three miles to the west … Continue reading

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Events Larger Than One Person: The Surrenders at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina

Part One. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston learned of the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in Wilmer McLean’s parlor in the hamlet of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 several days later. Lee had … Continue reading

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Where Was George Gordon Meade?

A Google search of the many sketches and paintings that have become the iconic, popular images of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House may unveil a startling revelation. The commander of the Army of the Potomac, the principle … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Appomattox (part three)

One of the dearly held tenets of the Lost Cause is that Southerners didn’t lose because they were outfought. Rather, Ulysses S. Grant only won because he had more soldiers and so overwhelmed the Confederates. Isn’t that the point?

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ECW Weekender – Farmville, Virginia

Southside Virginia still maintains most of its historic scenery of the 19th century.  Small towns and windy roads abound.  In the area between Petersburg and Lynchburg “Virginia’s southside,” Lee and Grant’s armies left marks that still resonate today. Any visit … Continue reading

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