Category Archives: Civil War Events

“This city is now in the possession of the Confederate States of America”: The Raid on St. Albans, Vermont

On October 15, 1864, two men arrived in the town of St. Albans, Vermont and checked into a hotel named the American House. They appeared to be unassuming, but the two were the vanguard of some twenty others, all who … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Subordinates: George Washington Getty and the Battle of Cedar Creek

Part four in a series. In the wake of the victory at the Battle of Tom’s Brook, the Union Army of the Shenandoah trudged north, eventually going into camp along a stream known as Cedar Creek, south of the village of … Continue reading

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Cedar Creek 150th

Lots going on this weekend at Cedar Creek for the sesquicentennial of the battle. Check out the schedule! If you stop by the battlefield, be on the lookout for ECW’s own Phill Greenwalt. Belle Grove plantation (photo by Chris Mackowski)

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: Middletown

This sketch by James Taylor is of the  hamlet of Middletown. The Battle of Cedar Creek, fought on October 19, 1864 swirled around the town, located just south of Winchester Virginia.  

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change

Part two in a series. In the first part of this series, we learned Napoleon Bonaparte’s theories about the use of cavalry in the field. Those tactics relied on the short range of the long arms of the infantry and … Continue reading

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Wesley Merritt and the Battle of Tom’s Brook

Following the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Federal army pursued Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early’s Rebel forces up the Shenandoah Valley. With the Yankees dogging his march, Early left the Valley, while Sheridan encamped around the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia. … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: George Crook Marching through Harrisonburg

Following the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, the Federals pursued Jubal Early’s retreating Confederates up the Shenandoah Valley. Here, artist James Taylor captures George Crook’s Army of West Virginia entering the town of Harrisonburg.

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ECW Continues to Emerge

Weave in, My Hardy Life by Walt Whitman  Weave in, weave in, my hardy life, Weave yet a soldier strong and full for great campaigns to come, Weave in red blood, weave sinews in like ropes, the senses, sight weave … Continue reading

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Sketches from the Shenandoah: The Death of Robert Rodes

One of James Taylor’s sketches was that of the death of Robert Rodes at the Battle of Third Winchester on September 19, 1864. Rodes was a native of Virginia and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute. He would fight at … Continue reading

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“How Will We Feed Our Family?”

After the defeat of the Confederate Army of the Valley at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill on September 22, 1864, Union Major General Philip H. Sheridan began to carry out the next directive of his orders: to “eat out Virginia … Continue reading

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