Tag Archives: Richmond

“Let ‘Em Up Easy”—Lincoln in Richmond

The historical record doesn’t say who was more excited on April 4, 1865—150 years ago today: Tad Lincoln, celebrating his twelfth birthday that day, or his father, Abraham, who was finally entering Richmond after five springs of war. “Thank God … Continue reading

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On the Fall of Richmond

April 3, 2015: Driving toward Richmond from the south, the first thing that jumps at me from the skyline is the massive American flag fluttering from the Dominion Power building. It’s 82 degrees and relatively calm, but the flag still … Continue reading

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The Fall of Cities – Some Reflections

As some of you may know, I’m writing a book on the Bataan-Corregidor campaign of 1941-42, which culminated in the largest surrender in American military history. I’m to the point now where I’m finishing the section about the evacuation of Manila … Continue reading

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Striking out from Savannah: Uncle Billy Moves North

At the conclusion of the “March to the Sea”, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s  armies spent Christmas 1864 in and around Savannah, Georgia. While his men were enjoying a hard earned rest, “Uncle Billy” was busy planning his next maneuver. Exchanging … 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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ECW Weekender: The Civil War Horse Memorial

The old gray mare—she ain’t what she used to be. Or so the old song goes. And such was the case for the millions of equestrians conscripted into service, North and South, during the Civil War. One-point-five million of them … Continue reading

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Repercussions of Drewry’s Bluff 1862

Earlier this month, Caroline Davis wrote about the Confederate defenders of Drewry’s Bluff. For students of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign, the Federal Navy’s defeat on the James ranks as a key moment in the operation. The main Federal effort for … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem!—Richmond Battlefield (Kentucky)

Day Nine (part one) in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown The most complete Confederate victory of the war occurred on August 29 and 30, 1862, as Confederate troops under Major General E.K. Smith smashed a motley U.S. force outside … Continue reading

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The Civil War Sesquicentennial at the Gates of Richmond

The Civil War 150th arrives at the gates of Richmond later this week.  Check out Richmond National Battlefield’s full guide of activities, (available as a free downloadable PDF). Things get started this weekend with the commemoration of the Battle of … Continue reading

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Fort Pocahontas

When I stopped at Jamestown, Virginia over the weekend, I expected to find Pocahontas—but to my surprise, I found Fort Pocahontas, too. Just outside the Jamestown colony’s original triangle fort, to the west of the rebuilt palisade, a line of … Continue reading

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