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Coming Soon from the Emerging Civil War Series: Dawn of Victory

As we continue to roll out the next wave of releases for the Emerging Civil War Series, we head south of the James River for Edward S. Alexander’s debut book, Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg. “In the few years since … Continue reading

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A Letter from William Childs

The following post by guest author Dan Welch is one of a series of posts that will chronicle a Union surgeon’s letters leading up to the end of the Civil War, 150 years later. One of the best sets of … Continue reading

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The Fourteen Medals of Honor at the Battle of New Market Heights

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights, an action in a larger series of battles that made up Ulysses S. Grant’s Fifth Offensive during the joint Siege of Petersburg and Richmond. New Market Heights is … Continue reading

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A Shift in Strategy: Battle of Globe Tavern

Since June 15, 1864 the Union army under Major General George Meade and Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant hammered the Confederate defenses around Petersburg. From limited success along the eastern front June 15-18, then a thwarted attack on the Confederate supply … Continue reading

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Scenes from the Crater, 150 Years Later

While I wasn’t able to get to Petersburg for the real-time program at dawn, I did get to spend some time at the Crater a little later in the morning. Here’s a quick look at the terrain, 150 years after … Continue reading

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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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