Category Archives: Armies

Mexican-American War 170th: Fort Brown Gets Its Name

On May 17, 1846 Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor, pausing to reflect in the wake of his army’s victories against Mexican forces, published General Orders No. 62. “In memory of the gallant commander who nobly fell in its defence, the field-work … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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Les Zouaves

The Civil War Trust just released one of its latest short videos about Zouave soldiers, the prominent and multi-colored soldiers that adorned the battlefields in both armies, but predominantly the Union. Jim Taub gives an excellent discussion of Zouaves in … Continue reading

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The Fight at Meadow Bridge: A Forgotten Cavalry Battle Outside Richmond

As the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia grappled for control of the Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, another battle took shape on the outskirts of Richmond. During the Federal march out of the Wilderness, the tumultuous … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Battle of Resaca de la Palma

When the sun rose on May 9, 1846, American soldiers were not sure if the day’s previous fight at Palo Alto would be continued. American artillery had shattered their Mexican opponents, but at the end of the fighting the Mexican … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Battle of Palo Alto

  Following Cpt. Seth Thornton’s ambush in late April, both armies along the Rio Grande prepared for the war that, as of yet, still remained undeclared. Events were transpiring too quickly for word to get back to Washington, D.C. or … Continue reading

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At Chancellorsville…

May 2nd, 1863. On this date, this famous man was shot and badly wounded at Chancellorsville Obviously not Stonewall Jackson. Instead, this is Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, the famous Republican hero of Germany. Wait, who?

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Mexican-American War 170th: “The Dogs of War are Now Indeed Let Loose”

In the month since the Army of Occupation under Zachary Taylor had arrived at the Rio Grande, they had started construction of a series of forts, and stared warily across the river at Mexican forces in Matamoros. The tension continued … Continue reading

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The man in the corner…

Colonel Anson Stager is not exactly a household name, even to many students of the Civil War. If your reading has taken you into the arcana of military codes, or if you are a fan of late 19th Century industrialization, … Continue reading

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East Pascagoula Raid

On April 9, 1863, the residents of East Pascagoula, Mississippi, had a day like no other. Union warships lurked offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Their presence was nothing abnormal for Southern residents along the coast. The Union military had … Continue reading

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