Author Archives: Daniel Davis

Book Review: “Decision at Tom’s Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser and the Joy of the Fight”

In the autumn of 1864, Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan and Lt. Gen. Jubal Early engaged one another in an effort to control Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A Union defeat might well have offset gains made by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman … Continue reading

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Remembering Emory Upton

What is it that attracts us to particular individuals of the past? I think the answer varies from person to person. We all have people who we tend to gravitate towards in our studies. For readers of this blog, friends … Continue reading

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A Chance at Redemption: George Custer and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

On October 19, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan defeated Lt. Gen. Jubal Early at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The engagement culminated a campaign which began two months earlier in and solidified President Abraham Lincoln’s chances … Continue reading

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A Brief Observation on the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment in Stafford County

Recently, I came across a letter written by James Christiancy. Christiancy began the war as an officer in the 17th Michigan Infantry before he transferred to the 9th Michigan Cavalry. After the Gettysburg Campaign, he joined Brig. Gen. George A. … Continue reading

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1st Massachusetts Cavalry Monument at Aldie

Last week, I had an opportunity to stop at the Aldie battlefield in Loudoun County, Virginia. Fought on June 17, 1863, it was the first of three clashes in the Loudoun Valley as Union cavalry under Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton … Continue reading

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ECW5: Dan Davis

If I had to choose one memory (although there are a bunch I could have gone with) it is the Western Tour that Chris Mackowski and I did last May/June.

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Beverly Ford Road at Brandy Station

This past Saturday, I had an opportunity to visit the Brandy Station battlefield. On the walk out to Buford’s Knoll (Brig. Gen. John Buford’s command post during the engagement) I captured this picture. The tree line in the center foreground … Continue reading

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Picketing the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment: Union Cavalry at Lamb’s Creek Church

Following the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862 and the failure of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s “Mud March”, the Army of the Potomac established winter quarters in Stafford County. Responsibility for guarding the approaches fell to the Union cavalry. Picket … Continue reading

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“Come on You Wolverines”: Remembering the Fight at East Cavalry Field

Today, East Cavalry Field is a relatively quiet place on an otherwise busy battlefield. I have been there many times and often spending a few hours on each visit. It is indeed rare to encounter anyone there, compared to the … Continue reading

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“They Taught Us How to Die Like Soldiers”: The U.S. Regulars at Gettysburg

The fighting that occurred 153 years ago on the south end of the Gettysburg battlefield is some of the best known in American military history.  Names of key participants and individuals have been seared into the public conscience. Some gain … Continue reading

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