Category Archives: Armies

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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Remembering Emory Upton

What is it that attracts us to particular individuals of the past? I think the answer varies from person to person. We all have people who we tend to gravitate towards in our studies. For readers of this blog, friends … Continue reading

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Memorializing Emory Upton

Upton Road runs straight as a railroad track away from Route 33 into the Genesee County countryside of western New York. The nearby town of Batavia—nestled roughly midway between Buffalo and Rochester—hails itself as “The Birthplace of Western New York” … Continue reading

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A Chance at Redemption: George Custer and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864

On October 19, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan defeated Lt. Gen. Jubal Early at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The engagement culminated a campaign which began two months earlier in and solidified President Abraham Lincoln’s chances … Continue reading

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The Awkward Meeting of Richard Taylor, Edward Canby and Peter Osterhaus

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sean Michael Chick In considering the ways Americans have debated the American Civil War, its meaning and influence, one particular illustrative episode can be found in Richard Taylor’s eloquent memoir Destruction … Continue reading

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Book Review: “A Civil War Captain and His Lady”

It is a rare thing when a series of letters over 150 years old is found intact, but to find two sets of them, in response to each other–well, that is cause for celebration. Author Gene Barr has been lucky enough … Continue reading

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