Author Archives: Daniel Davis

My Favorite Historical Person: George A. Custer

My favorite historical person is George Armstrong Custer. My introduction to Custer came in the second grade when I first saw the movie, They Died With Their Boots On. Although highly entertaining, the film is steeped in myth and thus it … Continue reading

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The Fight for the Ogg Farm at Trevilian Station

This past weekend, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend time with family at Lake Anna. On Friday morning, we went out to breakfast in Louisa with my wonderful brother and sister-in-law. Driving back to the house, we … Continue reading

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A Yankee Cavalryman Remembers Fleetwood Hill

Shortly after 4:30 a.m. on June 9, 1863, Brig. Gen. John Buford’s Union cavalry division crossed the Rappahannock at Beverly Ford and engaged a Confederate brigade under Brig. Gen. William E. “Grumble” Jones. Buford’s horsemen soon gained the upper hand, … Continue reading

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“Remembered With Special Honor”: Benjamin Davis at Brandy Station

Today marks the 154th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station. One of the more interesting and I think forgotten figures of the engagement is Col. Benjamin Franklin “Grimes” Davis. Unlike many of his comrades, Davis was a Southerner and … Continue reading

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“Great Good Service”: Union Cavalry Holds Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864

After taking command of the Army of the Potomac’s cavalry corps in April 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan was determined to expand the duties of his troopers. Traditionally, the primary role of cavalry was that of scouting, screening and intelligence … Continue reading

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Through Deep Ravine

Below Last Stand Hill lies one of the enduring mysteries of the Little Bighorn. A dirt trail allows visitors access to the area called Deep Ravine.

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In the Rosebud Valley

I am late with the Little Bighorn post. It is due mainly to being on the road for much of the day. This morning I set out to follow, as closely as possible, the Seventh Cavalry’s route from the Yellowstone … Continue reading

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Memorial Day at the Little Bighorn

It is Day 2 at the Little Bighorn and Memorial Day. I started the morning by walking through the National Cemetery. A number of notable individuals are buried there, including Major Marcus Reno, several of Custer’s Indian scouts and Captain … Continue reading

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On the Little Bighorn

This morning, bright and early, I arrived at the Little Bighorn. As I walk up from the Visitor Center to Last Stand Hill, one of the first things that grabbed my attention were the white marble markers scattered across the … Continue reading

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A Visit to Buford’s Knoll

Earlier in the week, I took a morning and headed out to the Brandy Station and Kelly’s Ford battlefields. It was quite warm, the hottest day we’ve had so far this year in Virginia. By the time I got back … Continue reading

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