Author Archives: Dave Powell

About Dave Powell

I'm a middle-aged guy with a fascination with the American Civil War, and especially the battle of Chickamauga. In my day job, I am president and an owner of CBS Messenger, a courier company in Chicago, but whenever I can am off pursuing all things Chickamauga. I am also a wargamer, having designed more than fifteen boardgames on various battle topics. Join me as I ramble about things that hold my attention.

We Happy Few…

Here’s a little curtain-raiser for Battle Above the Clouds. In September 1863, United States Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton initiated one of the more remarkable troop movements of the American Civil War. Stanton, alarmed by the recent Union defeat at … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Monuments

This small stone marker sits at the foot of a low ridge just outside of the very sleepy burg of Resaca, in north Georgia. In mid-may, 1864, Resaca was little more than a railroad stop and a fortified camp to … Continue reading

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Political Discourse, 1880s style:

A friend sent me this, which was published in the Robinson (IL) Argus, July 15, 1880: Ed Harlan, in his speech here at the Hancock (Wm [sic] Scott) ratification meeting made the statement that Gen. Garfield played the part of … Continue reading

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Longstreet Goes West: Conclusions

James Longstreet’s time in the Western Theater has by and large, not garnered accolades. The prevailing western-centric view casts him as a haughty eastern interloper, come to further his own ambitions at Bragg’s expense. Historians of a more eastern bent … Continue reading

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Chickamauga and Resaca in March 2017

Dear readers, Some of you may know that every year I organize a two-day tour in March, to Chickamauga. This year, the dates are March 10-11, 2017. We will be exploring the new Georgia Park at Resaca, and then spending … Continue reading

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Longstreet Goes West, part nine: The November of our discontent

Part Nine in a Series Both Bragg and Longstreet – indeed every Confederate from Richmond on down – understood that to be successful, any movement into East Tennessee must be conducted quickly, and in sufficient strength. The idea was to … Continue reading

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Longstreet Goes West, part eight: Knoxville, and Huzzah!

(Fear not, dear reader: Our extended blog-essay is winding down; part nine will cover actual operations in East Tennessee, and part ten will conclude things with a summary of James Longstreet’s troubled interlude beyond Virginia. Thank you for your forbearance.)  On … Continue reading

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Longstreet Goes West, part seven: A parting of the ways

Part Seven in a Series On October 30th, Bragg dispatched an angry telegram to Jefferson Davis, then in Savannah, headed back to Richmond. Bragg outlined his frustrations with Longstreet, and the lack of effective action in Lookout Valley. On the … Continue reading

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In Memorium: Michael Ballard

The Civil War community–and the Western Theater, in particular–lost a great friend this week. Retired Professor Michael B. Ballard passed away at his home in Ackerman Mississippi on October 11, 2016. Professor Ballard was a professor, University Archivist for Mississippi … Continue reading

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Longstreet Goes West, part six: Midnight Madness

Part Six in a Series October of 1863 was a lean month for the Union Army of the Cumberland, trapped in Chattanooga. Joe Wheeler’s Rebel cavalry kicked off the month by destroying a Union supply train of nearly 800 wagons … Continue reading

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