Category Archives: Artillery

A Bold Scheme and a Mysterious Coincidence in the Final Days of the Vicksburg Campaign

By July 15, 1863, Gen. Joe Johnston’s “Army of Relief” suddenly found itself in need of relief of its own. Johnston’s impotent posturing during most of the Vicksburg Campaign had done little to alleviate Confederate misfortunes inside the besieged city, … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: Stuart Horse Artillery

On December 19, 1861, the following announcement appeared in the Jacksonville Republican in Jacksonville, Alabama. (Spelling and grammar is original.) Capt. John Pelham, of Calhoun county, who is now in the Confederate army at Manassas, temporarily in command of the … Continue reading

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Maine at War: April 2021

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in April at his blog, Maine at War: April 7, 2021: Maine’s largest cannonball is in … Hodgdon? Although he served only 16 months with the 6th Maine Battery, Aroostook County … Continue reading

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Maine at War: December 2020

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in December at his blog, Maine at War: December 2, 2020: Fraternity remembers Bowdoin brother killed at Cold Harbor Bowdoin College junior Edwin Rogers belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon when he … Continue reading

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The Richmond Howitzers at Spotsy

It was a beautiful day to be on the battlefield today….

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Josiah Benner Farm

Part of a Series. On the north side of Rock Creek, and along the west side of the Harrisburg Road, sits the Josiah Benner Farm. At the time of the battle, the farm encompassed 123 acres of the Gettysburg battlefield. … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones Artillery Line

Part of a Series. Tucked between the Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village and the and the Twin Oaks subdivision are a few Civil War cannon. It is a rarely visited spot by most visitors to the Gettysburg battlefield. Few venture north … Continue reading

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Henry Hunt Reflects on the Battle of Chancellorsville

Chancellorsville was a black eye for the Army of the Potomac. But while it no doubt marked the beginning of the end of Joseph Hooker’s stint as army commander, it did not sour the desire for victory among the army’s … Continue reading

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“My father served under both Lee and Grant…”

A few days ago whilst weeding some of my old Civil War periodicals collection – because that’s what I’ve been reduced to during this quarantine – I came across something interesting. In the August 1961 issue of Civil War Times I … Continue reading

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Fact vs Interpretation at the Bloody Lane

There is a movement afoot to reinterpret key parts of the Maryland Campaign. In some cases, battlefield interpretation is being changed or removed based on new sources and/or new perspectives. I am all for reexamining history based on new or … Continue reading

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