Author Archives: Doug Crenshaw

Book Review: The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac

The Boy Generals: George Custer, Wesley Merritt, and the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac By Adolfo Ovies Savas Beatie, 2021, $34.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Adolfo Ovies has undertaken a massive project in writing a three-volume history … Continue reading

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Book Review – Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command

Meade at Gettysburg: A Study in Command By Kent Masterson Brown University of North Carolina Press, 2021, $35 hardback Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw A common theme in the voluminous studies of the battle of Gettysburg is that Union General George … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unsung Hero of Gettysburg

Unsung Hero of Gettysburg: The Story of Union General David McMurtrie Gregg By Edward G. Longacre University of Nebraska Press, Potomac Books, 2021, $34.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw “I have seen no officer whom I would prefer to have … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Greatest Escape

The Greatest Escape: A True Civil War Adventure By Douglas Miller Lyons Press, 2016, $26.95 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Of the thousands of Federal officers who were imprisoned in Richmond’s notorious Libby prison, 109 made a daring attempt to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864

Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 By Bruce M. Venter University of Oklahoma Press, 2016 $23.99 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Judson Kilpatrick’s 1864 raid on Richmond is often overlooked by those who study the war in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Six Days of Awful Fighting by Eric Wittenberg

In his newest book, Eric Wittenberg has turned his prolific pen to a topic that has been unfortunately overlooked: the cavalry operations around Richmond during the 1864 Overland Campaign. Gordon Rhea gave the subject some much-needed attention in his book … Continue reading

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George Stannard, Citizen-Soldier from Vermont

He had been a school teacher, farmer, and foundry operator before the war, nothing to show any promise out of the ordinary. But when war came, George Jerrison Stannard was one of the first Vermonters to sign up for the … Continue reading

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Opportunity Lost: Glendale – June 30, 1862

On June 25, 1862, George McClellan had 105,000+ men within just as few miles of Richmond. Robert E. Lee took over the Confederate Army from the injured Joe Johnson on June 1, and devised a plan to drive Federal Army … Continue reading

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Questions of Secession (conclusion)

part five of five I’ve been chatting about secession lately with historian Nathan Hall of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Nathan has been studying the topic deeply for many years and recently spoke on it at the Richmond Civil War Roundtable. … Continue reading

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Questions of Secession (part four)

part four of five I’ve been chatting about secession lately with historian Nathan Hall of Richmond National Battlefield Park. Nathan has been studying the topic deeply for many years and recently spoke on it at the Richmond Civil War Roundtable. … Continue reading

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