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“A Reservoir of Misinformation”: Early Signs of the Lost Cause at Fort Gregg

I always enjoy reading stories about battlefield visits in the decades after the war, before there were driving tours, interpretive waysides, and detailed troop movement maps overlaid onto modern roads. In the course of compiling research on the fighting at … Continue reading

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A Second Medal of Honor: Thomas Ward Custer at Sailor’s Creek

The scene about to play out was one that had become all too familiar in recent days. Union cavalry squadrons were preparing to assault an enemy position. An artillerist recalled that it was “the grandest sight he had ever witnessed.” … Continue reading

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The Downfall of a Federal Corps Commander: Warren-Sheridan and the Five Forks Controversy: Part Three

Part Three in a Series.  On March 25, 1865 Robert E. Lee launched his last true offensive of the war, and in reality the only true offensive he undertook during the Siege of Petersburg. The Battle of Fort Stedman placed … 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 Downfall of a Federal Corps Commander: Warren-Sheridan and the Five Forks Controversy: Part One

Part One in a Series. It is a well know fact that many historians live with the characters that they write about for many years. Delving into a major project often exposes us to an abundance of characters that are … Continue reading

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From the Stone Wall to a Shad Bake

This is another post in the series “Tales From the Tombstone.” George Edward Pickett was ecstatic on the morning of July 3, 1863. His division, which had missed the fighting at Chancellorsville in May and had been way in the rear … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—Civil War Trust Sites in Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Day Three in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown Dinwiddie County is a Civil War preservationist’s dream. Forty-three named engagements took place within its 507 square miles, a direct testament to the tenacious campaign that gripped the neighboring city of … Continue reading

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