Category Archives: Question of the Week
This week’s Question of the Week comes to us from a reader. Some readers might find its tone impertinent, but we couldn’t deny that it was, indeed, a thought-provoking question: With the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg last week, all … Continue reading
We’ve heard historians at Petersburg refer to their battlefield as “the red-headed stepchild” of the Virginia battlefield parks. The story they tell doesn’t get the attention other battles and campaigns do. Or does it? What do you think: does Petersburg get … Continue reading
“We have very bad news. General Stuart is mortally wounded”—that’s how Robert E. Lee, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s commander, reported to staff and fellow officers the news of the death of his cavalry chief, James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart. … Continue reading
Would George Thomas have been a better selection to lead the Union armies in Georgia, in 1864, rather than William T. Sherman? Question submitted by Philip Leigh.
This past week marked the 150th Anniversary of the battle of New Market (May 15, 1864). Federal Major General Franz Sigel was ordered by Grant to move up the Valley Turnpike to Lynchburg, where Sigel was to destroy the canal … Continue reading
150 years ago today the battle for the Bloody Angle, at Spotsylvania Court House, raged for more than 22 hours. By the end of the Bloody Angle action more than 17,000 casualties littered the battlefield. More than 3,000 of the … Continue reading
150 years ago today, the battle of the Wilderness commenced 17 miles west of the city of Fredericksburg, Va. The Army of the Potomac, commanded by George Gordon Meade crossed into the Wilderness of Spotsylvania and Orange Counties accompanied by … Continue reading
During the opening stages of the Atlanta Campaign, General Joseph E. Johnston employed a form of Fabian Tactics. (Withdrawing in the face of the enemy in hopes of stringing out the enemy column, supply lines, etc…) This hands-off approach drew … Continue reading
Winchester, Virginia is filled with Civil War history. What is your favorite Civil War site in or around the Winchester area?
At the outset of the spring 1864 campaigns, do you believe that the Confederacy still had a fighting chance to win the war, or do you believe victory was a forlorn hope?