Category Archives: Sesquicentennial

“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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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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Remembering the “Great Gamble” at Cedar Creek

This weekend, the National Park Service, in conjunction with the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Belle Grove, and the Shenandoah National Battlefield Historic District will combine to host a series of events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar … Continue reading

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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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“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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Sketches from the Shenandoah: James Taylor’s Scrapbook

In the collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio rests With Sheridan Up the Shenandoah Valley. Leaves from a Special Artist’s Sketch Book and Diary. As the title implies, it is a book of incredibly realistic sketches and … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, America’s Wars

In my various jobs over the past few years, I’ve been involved directly or indirectly in planning and observing several of the major anniversaries of America’s military conflicts. This decade (2010-2020) seems to have quite a bumper crop, more than … Continue reading

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“Mosby will hang ten of you for every one of us!” The Black Flag in the Shenandoah Valley

The execution of 6 Mosby’s Rangers on September 23, 1864 was not the first or last in a bloody back and forth between the famed Confederate partisan and the aggressive Union cavalryman. When Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan was sent to … Continue reading

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Already Looking Toward Next Weekend?

As one weekend wraps up and we stare at the conventional work week that unfolds in front of us, it is human nature to wonder about the upcoming weekend and start to think of plans. For some this is the … Continue reading

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Walking the Exposed Federal Line at Reams Station

Key to the Union failure at Reams Station is the poor tactical position they assumed around the tracks of the Weldon Railroad. This morning’s piece by Ryan Quint explores the previous exhaustive campaigning experienced by the Second Corps of the … Continue reading

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