Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

Staff Work 101

George Patton famously said that “an army is a team.” Often, this statement is taken in terms of commanders and units working together, but there is another essential element that makes an army (or any headquarters) work: the command staff.

Posted in Armies, Arms & Armaments, Battles, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Medical, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Building Ohio’s Army

Today we are pleased to welcome guest author Gordy Morgan As the Federal government began mobilizing for civil war, Ohio was neither sufficiently organized nor adequately equipped to help fight it. But it more than made up for these deficiencies … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Civil War Events, Civilian, Common Soldier, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grant Sets Sail

One hundred and thirty-eight years ago today—May 17, 1877—recently retired President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant departed on what would be a two-and-a-half year, round-the-world trip. “The trip began as a personal adventure,” says historian William McFeely in … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership--Federal, Personalities, Reconstruction, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What ESPN Classic Teaches Us About Civil War History

Hindsight is always 20/20. We look back at historic events possessing information not available to the participants. In hindsight, things that were important at the time have faded while others assume a larger importance. I suggest we need to try … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Books & Authors, Campaigns, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Politics, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

To Divide the Attention of the Enemy’s Troops: Establishing the Deep Bottom Bridgehead

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jimmy Price Part two in a series. In my previous post I outlined the important series of actions fought north of the James River during the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign from July – … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

From the ECW Archives—A Grand Charge: Emory Upton’s Assault on the Mule Shoe Salient, Conclusion

The men from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Wisconsin and Vermont milled about the clearing in the middle of the afternoon. A cool spring breeze rustled the leaves on the trees around them. Some talked, while others smoked, chewed on hardtack or … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From the ECW Archives—A Grand Charge: Emory Upton’s Assault on the Mule Shoe Salient, Part 1

A small group of officers stood at the tree line. To their immediate front, resting across an open field lay fresh mounds of earth—earthworks constructed by the Confederate infantry. Each man studied the ground intently, some conversing in hushed tones.  Others stood … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Capture of Jefferson Davis, Part One

In April 1865 the very air was alive with rumors. Lee and Johnston had surrendered, and despite the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Southern Confederacy seemed to be going up the spout. But high profile Confederates were still at large … Continue reading

Posted in Cavalry, Civil War Events, Civilian, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Personalities, Politics, Western Theater | 1 Comment

The Real War that Never Got into the Books: Operations North of the James River, July-October 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jimmy Price Part One in a Series. What if I was to tell you that a series of desperate battles was fought on the footsteps of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia? … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Battlefields & Historic Places, Battles, Campaigns, Civil War Events, Common Soldier, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Memory, Personalities | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wilderness and Ward and Ulysses S. Grant

At the end of April 1885, Ulysses S. Grant knew he was dying. In fact, he had almost died earlier that month. Throat cancer ravaged him, and in late March, his condition collapsed so severely that it nearly killed him. … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Authors, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment