Author Archives: Eric J. Wittenberg

About Eric J. Wittenberg

Award-winning Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg focuses on cavalry operations in the Civil War.

Railroads – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad: Confederate Target, Crucial Union Lifeline

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (“B&O”) was chartered in 1828 as one of the first commercial railroads in the world. Construction began that year, connecting Annapolis, Maryland to Wheeling in the far northwestern corner of antebellum Virginia. The B&O eventually … Continue reading

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Railroads – The Virginia Central Railroad: A Target For Union Raids

The Virginia Central Railroad was chartered as the Louisa Railroad in 1836 by the Virginia Board of Public Works. The name was changed to the Virginia Central Railroad in 1850. It ran from westward from Richmond and ended in Gordonsville, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Aiken: “Why spend the effort to write a book on a battle that didn’t last very long or have many casualties?”

“Why would you spend the time and effort to write a book on a battle that only lasted a few minutes and which had minimal casualties?” I wish I had a dollar for every time that I’ve been asked that … Continue reading

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The Union Cavalry Comes of Age Returns

I am often asked what’s my favorite of my various books. Inevitably, I answer, “That’s not fair. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite toe.” I wouldn’t undertake the cost, time, or effort to write books if I didn’t … Continue reading

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Eric Wittenberg: John Buford’s brilliantly designed tactics

When Eric Wittenberg’s award-winning book The Devil’s to Pay: John Buford at Gettysburg came out in 2014, it made quite a splash. Eric will be speaking on that subject at the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge … Continue reading

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Campaign Through the Carolinas: An Ohio Cavalryman’s Recollections in the National Tribune

This is the fifth and final part of the 1892 account by an unidentified captain of the 10th Ohio Cavalry that appeared in the May 12, 1892 edition of the National Tribune. As pointed out previously, I believe this is … Continue reading

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Wade Hampton and Judson Kilpatrick

Beginning in the spring of 1863, Wade Hampton and Judson Kilpatrick tangled on many a cavalry battlefield. By 1865, Hampton was a lieutenant general—THE highest-ranking cavalry officer in the history of the Confederacy—and Kilpatrick was Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s … Continue reading

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Campaign Through the Carolinas: An Ohio Cavalryman’s Recollections in the National Tribune

This is the fourth part of the 1892 discussion of the events that led to the surrender of the forces under command of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston by an unidentified captain of the 10th Ohio Cavalry. I particularly like the … Continue reading

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Campaign Through the Carolinas: An Ohio Cavalryman’s Recollections in the National Tribune

This is the third part of the 1892 account of the last days of the Civil War in North Carolina by an unidentified captain of the 10th Ohio Cavalry.

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Campaign Through the Carolinas: An Ohio Cavalryman’s Recollections in the National Tribune

This is the second part of the account of the final days of the Civil War in North Carolina by an unidentified captain of the 10th Ohio Cavalry.

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