Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

The Myth of the “Cracker Line”: Part One

We are excited to welcome guest author Frank Varney. Frank is the author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History: How the Destruction of General William S. Rosecrans Influenced Our Understanding of the Civil War. Part one in a … Continue reading

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The Absolution at Gettysburg

Today we welcome guest author Peter M Preble. Father Preble is a 2004 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he concentrated on Church History. Since his graduation he has continued his research concentrating on the role … Continue reading

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Stones in The Road: Conclusion of a Series

On the evening of March 23, 1864, a telegram arrived at Phil Sheridan’s headquarters in Loudon, Tennessee. It was addressed to Sheridan and had been forwarded from Major General Henry Halleck, the Army’s Chief of Staff. It read: “Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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Grant Takes Command

This weekend marks the 150th Anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s promotion to Lieutenant General and designation as Commanding General of the U.S. Army. Often discussed in passing as regards the 1864 campaigns, to contemporary eyes this was a major event in … Continue reading

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More to Read on Meade

On the heels of his recent post on Army of the Potomac commander Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade, we asked Rob Orrison for some reading suggestions that might shed some light on Meade’s stormy winter of command in 1863-64. Rob … Continue reading

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“If You Have Any Orders to Give Me, I am Prepared to Receive and Obey Them”: The Command Struggles of Gen. George Meade, September 1863-March 1864 (part II)

The second in a two-part series During the Bristoe Station Campaign, George Gordon Meade believed that Lee had been the superior general. “I am free to admit that in the playing of it he has got the advantage of me,” … Continue reading

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All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt by John Taliaferro

In my ongoing search for all things related to John Hay, George Nicolay, and Elmer Ellsworth, I read this book with positive enthusiasm and delight. I think it was written with the same feelings. Taliaferro’s brilliant biography of John Hay … Continue reading

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Review Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia

Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks and Wythe Holt Savas Beatie, 2013 312 pages, 140 images, 5 maps In the spring of 1861, our Nation was ripped apart by … Continue reading

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“If You Have Any Orders to Give Me, I am Prepared to Receive and Obey Them”: The Command Struggles of Gen. George Meade, September 1863-March 1864 (part I)

The first of a two-part series As the Army of the Potomac went into winter quarters in Culpeper County in 1863, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade could say without a doubt that he was the most successful commander of the … Continue reading

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Review: Searching for George Gordon Meade by Tom Huntington

Guest post by Ryan Quint On December 7, 1863, Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade wrote a letter to his wife from the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac. He spent most of his letter complaining of a lack of … Continue reading

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