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“Telling History” vs “Making Art”: Richard Ewell on July 1

My favorite scene in the movie Gettysburg comes when a fiery Isaac Trimble, taught as an over-coiled spring, appears before Robert E. Lee to recount the events of July 1. Frustrated by Richard Ewell’s inaction in front of Cemetery Hill … Continue reading

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The Wind-Down of Photo Season

The view coming down Sterrett’s Gap catches me unaware. The panorama opens unexpectedly on my right: The Cumberland Valley laid out in a patchwork of browns and tans and auburns. In the distance, I can see Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and, it … Continue reading

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Battle of Lynchburg 150th

Continuing the trend of the 150th, the Lynchburg (VA) Civil War Sesquicentennial is hosting a week of events to commemorate the Battle of Lynchburg fought on June 17 – 18, 1864. One of the highlights, which I may be a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for June 2, 2014: “J.E.B” Stuart, Second Corps Commander?

“We have very bad news. General Stuart is mortally wounded”—that’s how Robert E. Lee, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s commander, reported to staff and fellow officers the news of the death of his cavalry chief, James Ewell Brown “J.E.B.” Stuart. … Continue reading

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

part two of three The Confederate line along the North Anna was one of the strongest the Army of Northern Virginia held during the war. Laid out by engineers, the line was an inverted “V” positioned along the heights of … Continue reading

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

Part one of three Much is written on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s health throughout the Civil War. Possible heart attacks, strokes and fatigue began to take a toll on Lee’s health during the war. Most physicians agree today that … Continue reading

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The Race to North Anna Begins

“Every intelligent enlisted man in the Army of the Potomac knew that we could not wrest the Confederate intrenchments at Spotsylvania from Lee’s veteran infantry,” a Union private announced. Ulysses S. Grant knew it, too. His failed assaults on May … Continue reading

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“We lost some noble men”: The 1st Maine Heavies at Harris Farm

May 19, 1864, was “a day long to be remembered by the 1st Maine Heavy,” wrote a member of the regiment, “as it was on this day that we received our baptism of fire and learned the stern duties of … Continue reading

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A Grand Charge: Emory Upton’s Assault on the Mule Shoe Salient, May 10, 1864 Part 2

The men from New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Wisconsin and Vermont milled about the clearing in the middle of the afternoon. A cool spring breeze rustled the leaves on the trees around them. Some talked, while others smoked, chewed on hardtack or … Continue reading

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A Grand Charge: Emory Upton’s Assault on the Mule Shoe Salient, May 10, 1864, Part 1

A small group of officers stood at the tree line. To their immediate front, resting across an open field lay fresh mounds of earth—earthworks constructed by the Confederate infantry. Each man studied the ground intently, some conversing in hushed tones.  Others stood … Continue reading

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