Category Archives: Armies

“Unparalleled Insult and Wrong to the State”: Unionism and the Camp Jackson Affair of May 1861 (Part 2)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Kristen M. Trout Just south of St. Louis stood the St. Louis Federal Arsenal, filled with over 38,000 rifles and muskets that the secessionists (under the name Missouri Volunteer Militia, which … Continue reading

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“Unparalleled Insult and Wrong to the State”: Unionism and the Camp Jackson Affair of May 1861 (Part 1)

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome guest author Kristen M. Trout On May 13, 1861, the headline “Fight Between Rioters and the Home Guard – Several Persons Killed” adorned the covers of the nation’s most popular newspapers.[1] St. Louis … Continue reading

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John Mosby & The Partisan Rangers

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Bill Backus In early March 1864, Lieutenant Charles White led a detachment of 40 troopers from the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry from their encampment near Bristoe Station. Their mission was to scour the … Continue reading

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Christmas on the Rappahannock

About twenty years ago my parents bought me a Civil War painting by Ray W. Forquer. The painting, “Christmas on the Rappahannock,” has always been one of my favorites. It’s not the artistry that I love so much, but the … Continue reading

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The AoP Settles into Winter Camp, 1863

As the Army of the Potomac settled into its winter quarters around Brandy Station and Culpeper in December 1863, Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman—George Gordon Meade’s aide-de-camp—toured the camps with the Army of the Potomac’s chief of staff, Andrew A. Humphreys. … Continue reading

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Sutlers of Note: Ragged Soldier Sutlery

Why this post, and why now? One–it is cold and I want something warm to drink, and Two–I love to shop small, wonderful sources when checking off my holiday list. Huzzah, and read on! There are two types of sutlers: those … Continue reading

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A True “Legend” that “Perfectly Describes the Character of the Army of the Potomac”

On the morning of November 30, 1863, as the Army of the Potomac prepared to assault the Confederate position west of Mine Run, the men in the ranks understood the grim task laid before them. “After leaving the wood the … Continue reading

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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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Swelling the Ranks for Review

In mid-November 16, 1863, with Army of the Potomac commander George Meade in Washington to consultation with the president and War Department, it fell to VI Corps commander Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick to serve as the army’s temporary commander as it … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Valley Campaigns and The Importance of Luck

Part One With the month of October behind us, I think back on the topic of my first co-publication, Bloody Autumn, the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. To add impetus to the recollections this year, I am currently fine-tuning a presentation that I will … Continue reading

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