Tag Archives: Bloody Angle

My Call to Arms: A Look Back at My Overland Campaign

What no one ever tells you about being an author is that it mostly involves schlepping a lot of books from place to place. Sure, there’s some writing involved (and, oh, if only I had time to do more!), but … Continue reading

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Our 1000th Post!

We reach a milestone of sorts today at Emerging Civil War: This is our 1000th post!

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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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Luminaria 2014

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Catching Up on our 150th Anniversary Coverage

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our readers for following along with our 150th anniversary coverage. Over the last two weeks we have published a large number of posts, to make it easier on our readers, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for May 12, 2014

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

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The Fight for the Mule Shoe–Conclusion

The conclusion of a series. “The sight we encountered was not calculated to encourage us,” a Confederate later observed, once Hell was behind him. But on the morning of May 12, he still had yet to fight his way through … Continue reading

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Silent Sentinel

The National Park Service is affording visitors to Spotsylvania a unique treat this evening: To commemorate the 22 hours of combat at the Mule Shoe Salient, an honor guard will be posted at the Bloody Angle until 4:00 a.m. on … Continue reading

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The Fight for the Mule Shoe–Part 5

Part five in a series. Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside was the shortest-tenured commander in the history of the Army of the Potomac. After 77 days filled with failures and political infighting, his tenure ended in disgrace. Shortly thereafter, he … Continue reading

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The Fight for the Mule Shoe–Part 4

Part four in a series. Lee had been at his headquarters at the Court House when Hancock’s tidal wave breached his line. Grant was not retreating at all; in fact, his morning assault had created a vacuum a half-mile wide … Continue reading

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