Author Archives: Daniel Davis

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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The Future of Civil War History: Dan Davis

American history, and all history for that matter, is interpreted differently between each generation. It is influenced by major events within the society and culture. As a society today, we want things to be clear cut, one way or the … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B Stuart at Brandy Station

Conclusion of a series The blue troopers were puzzled as they made their way to the north bank of the Rappahannock River at Beverly Ford. For the past fourteen hours, they had engaged the Confederate cavalry in the open countryside … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station

Part two in a series The first week of June 1863 saw Gen. Robert E. Lee begin to withdraw his infantry from their lines at Fredericksburg and head west toward the Shenandoah Valley. Lee was embarking on his second invasion … Continue reading

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