Category Archives: Sieges

Postscript to the Charlie Gould Story

By most accounts, Captain Charles Gilbert Gould was the first VI Corps soldier to reach the Confederate earthworks on the morning of April 2, 1865. His desperate encounter in hand-to-hand combat with Brig. Gen. James H. Lane’s Tar Heels was … Continue reading

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From Raymond to Vicksburg: In the Footsteps of an Illinois Battery

A few weeks ago I was looking through the pictures that I took on the Western Tour Chris Mackowski, his daughter Steph and I did in May. As I progressed through the pictures of the Raymond battlefield and at Vicksburg, … Continue reading

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Separate Roads to Petersburg: The Fractured Federal High Command, April 1865

Ever have a dispute with someone turn so ugly that you don’t want to even share the same road? From all appearances, that may have been the case on April 2, 1865 with the damaged relationship between Lt. Gen. Ulysses … Continue reading

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“A Mosquito Fighting an Elephant”: A Carolinian’s Recollection of the Breakthrough

I found it challenging while writing Dawn of Victory to not slant my narrative too largely toward the Federals. This was largely the result of a paucity in material from the southern perspective. Many Confederate officers did not see the purpose in … Continue reading

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“Little Billy’s” Big Mausoleum

Another installment in the “Tales From the Tombstone” series. Although never a physically imposing man, William Mahone, left a lasting impact on 19th century Virginia, as a civilian, military officer, and politician. In one way or another, all these pursuits … Continue reading

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Sunset on the Father of Waters

A view of the Mississippi from the bluffs at Vicksburg. This picture was taken from Battery Benton, which was manned by elements of the 1st Missouri Light Artillery and the 34th Iowa Infantry late in the Siege of Vicksburg. The Battery derived its name from its … Continue reading

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“England Girds Its Armour”: John ‘Bull’ Doughty at the Breakthrough

John Balderson Doughty was born in 1842 in Frodingham, Lincolnshire, England, to Thomas and Elizabeth Doughty. When he was nine the family departed for New York on board the Albert Gallatin. Arriving on November 28, 1851, the three set off … Continue reading

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Breakthrough at Petersburg: First Man Over the Works

Charlie Gould seemed destined for adventure in his life. The young lad scarcely made it safe through his toddler years before his heroic deeds in front of Petersburg at the end of the war caused many to declare him the … Continue reading

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Breakthrough at Petersburg: “April Fool, Johnnies!”

After the thrilling Union victory at Five Forks on April 1, Lt. Col. Horace Porter raced back with a report to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters near Dabney’s Mill. He swiftly picked his way through the mess behind the … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Spring

Here in Petersburg, Virginia we are happy to finally once more see the ground after a recent and unusual spell of endless snow and ice. With a cheered spirit I took a look into the archives to search for the … Continue reading

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