Tag Archives: Army of the Potomac

A Soldier’s Letter: “I will ask no greater honor”

“Every man was born for some purpose and if it is my lot to leave earth on the battle field, I can only say . . . Lord give me grace to endure it,” wrote Thomas Martin of the 76th New … Continue reading

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Class of 1842

When reading a biography of a Civil War general officer, the usual biographical sketch is: West Point Military Academy educated, Mexican War experience, volunteer organization command in early stages of the war, and then the rise through the general officer ranks. … Continue reading

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The Western Federal

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jim Taub. As Joseph Polley, a sergeant of the 4th Texas Infantry, moved through the dense Georgia underbrush, the sounds and smells of battle overwhelmed his senses. The cracking of musketry and … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Douglas MacArthur and the Return to the Philippines

70 years ago today, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, fulfilling his famous pledge to return to the Philippines. The photo of him at that moment (shown here, center, with his staff) is one of the iconic images of … Continue reading

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Wesley Merritt and the Battle of Tom’s Brook

Following the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Federal army pursued Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early’s Rebel forces up the Shenandoah Valley. With the Yankees dogging his march, Early left the Valley, while Sheridan encamped around the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia. … Continue reading

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“The Weather Was Intensely Hot”: Cold Harbor After the Fighting

After the Union attacks had subsided on June 3, 1864, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac stared at each other across the open space that separated them. Men in each army strove to improve their … Continue reading

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Skirmish at Old Church

Following the Battle of Haw’s Shop, Philip Sheridan withdrew his blue cavalrymen to the southeast to the vicinity of Old Church. While there he was to protect the approaches to the Federals’ new supply depot at White House Landing on … Continue reading

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“We Must Strike Them a Blow!”—Robert E. Lee at North Anna (part three)

part three of three That night, as time slipped by for the Army of Northern Virginia to attack Hancock’s portion of the Army of the Potomac, Lee’s demeanor worsened. Because of his dysentery, his immobility, his lack of sleep, his … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for March 31, 2014

Do you believe that General Grant should have attached himself to the Army of the Potomac, in 1864, or would his skill-set have been better suited elsewhere?  

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“If You Have Any Orders to Give Me, I am Prepared to Receive and Obey Them”: The Command Struggles of Gen. George Meade, September 1863-March 1864 (part II)

The second in a two-part series During the Bristoe Station Campaign, George Gordon Meade believed that Lee had been the superior general. “I am free to admit that in the playing of it he has got the advantage of me,” … Continue reading

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