Author Archives: Daniel Davis

Stand in the Cemetery: George Washington Getty and the Battle of Cedar Creek

Following the engagement at Tom’s Brook on Oct. 9, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union Army of the Shenandoah continued north toward Winchester. Sheridan eventually put his men into camp along a stream known as Cedar Creek south of the … Continue reading

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Edward B. Williston and the ECW Archives

Recently, I was reviewing several accounts related to the Battle of Trevilian Station. On the second day of the engagement, 1st Lt. Edward Williston, a Federal artillerist, brought his guns to bear on the Confederate position at the the Ogg … Continue reading

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A Question of Morale

One of the controversial aspects of the Chancellorsville Campaign was the decision by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker to send his cavalry under Brig. Gen. George Stoneman into central Virginia. Hooker envisioned that Stoneman’s troopers would disrupt Robert E. Lee’s lines … Continue reading

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“A Grievous Loss”: John B. McIntosh at Third Winchester

Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester. This day long engagement was the beginning of the end of Confederate fortunes in the Shenandoah Valley. One of the highlights of the battle was a massive mounted attack … Continue reading

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“A Period of Great Trial”: The 1st Massachusetts Cavalry in the Maryland Campaign

Recently while preparing for an upcoming tour of the Kelly’s Ford battlefield, I was reading through  A History of the First Regiment of Massachusetts Cavalry Volunteers by Benjamin Crowninshield. One of their officers, Maj. Samuel Chamberlain, played a critical role in … Continue reading

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“I Intend to Make the Yankees Pay”: A Monumental Discussion

Conclusion of a series. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 are available. This past Saturday, while passing through Richmond, I decided to visit the J.E.B. Stuart statue on Monument Avenue. Lately it seems that I have been in Stuart’s shadow. … Continue reading

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“I Intend to Make the Yankees Pay”: The Raid at Catlett’s Station

Part three in a series. You may read part one here and part two here. Two days after the embarrassment at Verdiersville, Stuart pushed his cavalry across the Rapidan. He accompanied the newly arrived brigade of Brig. Gen. Beverly Robertson through Stevensburg. The … Continue reading

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“I Intend to Make the Yankees Pay”: Surprise at Verdiersville

Part two. You may read Part 1 here. Robert E. Lee had already decided on a course of action by the time Maj. Gen. Jeb Stuart arrived at his headquarters around noon on August 17 outside Orange Court House. Facing … Continue reading

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“I Intend to the Make the Yankees Pay”: J.E.B. Stuart’s Operations in August 1862

Part one in a series James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart was one of the Confederacy’s emerging stars in the summer of 1862. A Major General at 29, Stuart headed the cavalry division in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern … Continue reading

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“On Came the Johnnies”: The First Battle of Brandy Station

This Sunday, attendees of the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will tour the battlefield of Brandy Station. This area in eastern Culpeper County was some of the most fought over during the Civil War. While the … Continue reading

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