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Question of the Week for February 24, 2014

After the death of Jeb Stuart, who do you believe should have been given command of Lee’s cavalry, and why?

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“I shall come out of this fight a live major general or a dead brigadier.”

Another installment in the series “Tales from the Tombstone” Unfortunately, the Confederate officer who made the statement in the title died shortly after making it, pierced by seven bullets when leading a counterattack at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Walter Taylor

Guest post by William Floyd, Jr. On May 2, 1861, Walter Herron Taylor received a telegram from Virginia Governor John Letcher (1860-1864), instructing him to report for military service in Richmond. Upon arriving in Richmond, he was assigned to headquarters … Continue reading

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“I Am Not Glad To See You By a Damned Sight.”

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.“ James Jay Archer the lifelong bachelor born at Stafford near Havre de Grace in northeastern Maryland on December 19, 1817 came from a military family. The apple did not … Continue reading

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Westmoreland’s Other Confederate General

Part two in the series “Tales From the Tombstone” In Westmoreland County on the historic Northern Neck of Virginia boasts of being the birthplace of a few famous persons in American history. George Washington, James Monroe, Richard Henry Lee, and the … Continue reading

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Invading Home

When Robert E. Lee made the decision to invade the north in June 1863 he aimed to take the war into enemy territory north of the Potomac River. For a portion of his army, the invasion route would take them back … Continue reading

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Another Jackson?

In June 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee struck out for another invasion of the north. The Confederate Army of Northern Virginia—now organized into three corps—left their lines around Fredericksburg early that same month. Lieutenant General Richard Ewell, now commanding … Continue reading

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The Golden Opportunity at Evelynton Heights

Exactly one year before the Battle of Gettysburg Confederate James Ewell Brown “JEB” Stuart made possibly an even costlier mistake. He lost Evelynton Heights. Evelynton is the name attributed to both the plantation home of the Ruffin family (the same family … Continue reading

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Question of the Week #7

Who do you believe was the superior corps commander, Jackson or Longstreet ?

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Prelude to Antietam

Antietam, Sharpsburg—whichever name you prefer, it characterizes the bloodiest single-day in American history. On the fields surrounding this bucolic western Maryland town, 23,000 men became casualties. Even before that bloody late summer day, the campaign had born casualties. Although definitely … Continue reading

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