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William “Little Billy” Mahone—Part Two

Today we welcome back guest author William F. Floyd, Jr. William worked for forty years for the City of Norfolk. In his retirement, he’s now pursuing the study of history at Tidewater Community College. The second in a two-part series. … Continue reading

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William “Little Billy” Mahone—Part One

Today we welcome back guest author William F. Floyd, Jr. William worked for forty years for the City of Norfolk. In his retirement, he’s now pursuing the study of history at Tidewater Community College. The first in a two-part series. … Continue reading

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The Siege of Petersburg: “Your Delay Has Been Fatal…”–The First Battle of Weldon Railroad

As the dust settled from Federal Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s opening assaults against Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard’s forces in Petersburg, he began to plan out his approach to reducing Petersburg by cutting off its supply routes. Grant had stolen … Continue reading

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The Siege of Petersburg: The 1st Maine Heavies

During the Spotsylvania sesquicentennial, I called particular attention to the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery, which saw its first major combat of the war at the battle of Harris Farm on May 19. Members of the unit called Harris Farm their … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for June 23, 2014

We’ve heard historians at Petersburg refer to their battlefield as “the red-headed stepchild” of the Virginia battlefield parks. The story they tell doesn’t get the attention other battles and campaigns do. Or does it? What do you think: does Petersburg get … Continue reading

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Petersburg – The End and the Beginning

150 years ago today marked the final of a series of attacks against Petersburg that both ended the Overland Campaign and commenced the 9-month Siege of Petersburg. Several posts over the next few days will recapitulate various aspects of the … Continue reading

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The Battle of Trevilian’s Station

Having been fought to a standstill in front of Robert E. Lee’s lines at Cold Harbor in early June, 1864, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant decided to swing past Lee’s right flank, cross the James River and assail the rail … Continue reading

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The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys: June 9, 1864

By the second week of June 1864, the armies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee had deadlocked one another in their Cold Harbor fortifications on the outskirts of Richmond. Close as he was to the Confederate capital–closer indeed … Continue reading

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A Leg for Anse to Walk On

Despite all the horrors of Civil War combat, many soldiers feared a visit to a place even more loathsome than the battlefront—the field hospital. Given adequate time, a skilled doctor could perform complicated surgery to extract bullets or repair damage, but … Continue reading

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“Old One Wing”

Another installment of the series “Tales From the Tombstone”  At the Battle of Churubusco on August 20, 1847, during the attack on the Franciscan Convent that was the focal point of the Mexican defenses there, one of the artillery battery’s … Continue reading

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