Author Archives: Edward S. Alexander

Mapping the Attack on Fort Mahone, April 2, 1865

The VI Corps assault on the morning of April 2, 1865 unraveled the Confederate earthworks in Dinwiddie County and forced Robert E. Lee to issue orders to evacuate the lines around Petersburg and Richmond. Their dawn attack that I frequently … Continue reading

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Book Review: “On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864”

I’m not a fan of writing traditional book reviews. I suppose it reminds me too much of my standard weekly assignments during all four undergrad years as a history major at the University of Illinois. Gordon Rhea’s latest publication, On … Continue reading

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Dinner with Charles Gould and Horatio Wright

I am always amazed at the amount of source material that is out there for historians who are willing to mine the depths of the treasure troves at our disposal. I had keyword searched “Fort Welch” on Newspapers.com in hopes … Continue reading

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The Demotivational Colonel Hubbard?

After receiving orders on April 1, 1865, to assault the Confederate entrenchments at Petersburg the following morning, Col. James Hubbard assembled the officers of his 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery regiment, then serving as infantry, to brief them on the pending … Continue reading

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Don’t Impede Edward Ord’s Columns

Edward O.C. Ord commanded the Army of the James at the end of the Civil War. In March 1865 they held the Union position north of the James River opposite the daunting Confederate works protecting Richmond. Before his final offensive … Continue reading

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A Head Start to Battlefield Tourism by a VI Corps Carpetbagger

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ECW Digital Shorts – Supplies are the Great Question

At a gathering of Civil War historians I once overheard the statement: “Amateurs study tactics, pros study logistics.” Many would rightfully disagree, but it is certain that many eschew digging into the tedious logistical quagmire in preference to the more compelling … Continue reading

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ECW Digital Shorts – The Union’s Great Crisis

This fall Emerging Civil War rolled out a soft release of three titles to kick off a new series called the Digital Shorts. These essays consist of extended blog posts, transcribed presentations, and “deleted scenes”–i.e., submissions that while well-written were … Continue reading

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Mapping the Petersburg Campaign: Sutherland Station

I have come to believe that the primary reason why Petersburg is an often overlooked campaign in the scope of the Civil War is the challenge of understanding its nine and a half month progression. There is no shortage of … Continue reading

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The Wedge to Split the Confederacy

Sneak preview of my presentation at the Emerging Civil War Symposium later this summer. Click on the map for a larger version.  

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