Tag Archives: Siege of Petersburg

“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 Mosquito Fighting an Elephant”: A Carolinian’s Recollection of the Breakthrough

I found it challenging while writing Dawn of Victory to not slant my narrative too largely toward the Federals. This was largely the result of a paucity in material from the southern perspective. Many Confederate officers did not see the purpose in … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: White Oak Road

Of all the battles that comprise the 292 day Petersburg Campaign, the March 31, 1865 engagement at White Oak Road is becoming one of my favorites to study. The second battle in the campaign that includes fighting at Lewis Farm, … Continue reading

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War’s End: Remembering a Cavalry Captain

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sarah Kay Bierle Your brother, Captain Hugh McGuire is wounded. The message branded itself into Dr. Hunter McGuire’s mind while dread twisted like a tourniquet around his heart. The situation he had … Continue reading

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“England Girds Its Armour”: John ‘Bull’ Doughty at the Breakthrough

John Balderson Doughty was born in 1842 in Frodingham, Lincolnshire, England, to Thomas and Elizabeth Doughty. When he was nine the family departed for New York on board the Albert Gallatin. Arriving on November 28, 1851, the three set off … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Last Day at the Front

Abraham Lincoln fittingly spent the tail end of the Petersburg Campaign at the front, docked in the River Queen offshore from the Federal headquarters at City Point. He met with important generals to discuss strategy, reviewed Union troops and their Confederate … Continue reading

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Where Was George Gordon Meade?

A Google search of the many sketches and paintings that have become the iconic, popular images of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House may unveil a startling revelation. The commander of the Army of the Potomac, the principle … Continue reading

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Visiting Pamplin Park on the Road to Appomattox

For anyone following Lee’s retreat and Grant’s pursuit this week, be sure to start your run at Pamplin Park, where Federal troops first broke the Confederate line. While the anniversary of the breakthrough was April 2, it’s worth a stop … Continue reading

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Breakthrough at Petersburg: First Man Over the Works

Charlie Gould seemed destined for adventure in his life. The young lad scarcely made it safe through his toddler years before his heroic deeds in front of Petersburg at the end of the war caused many to declare him the … Continue reading

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