Category Archives: Battles

Ancestors of Two Twentieth-Century Hollywood Influences Clash in Antietam’s Cornfield

Some of the most popular movies portraying the Civil War appeared on the big screen in the era before and during the centennial anniversary of the conflict. Two of those films include Gone with the Wind (1939), based on Margaret … Continue reading

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A Lost Opportunity: Glendale

In late June 1862, Robert E. Lee Struck George McClellan’s right flank at Mechanicsville. This attack, plus reports that Stonewall Jackson’s valley army was approaching on his right, caused McClellan to change his base from White House Landing on the … Continue reading

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155 Years: Cedar Creek

October 19, 1864 – one hundred fifty-five years ago – saw battlefield surprises in the Shenandoah Valley. First, the Confederates under General Jubal Early launched a surprise attack on the Union army and managed to drive three corps from positions. … Continue reading

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A Lost Opportunity: Fort Harrison

During the summer of 1864, Union General U. S. Grant made several attempts to break Lee’s lines by attacking both sides of the James River, hoping to stretch the Confederates to the breaking point. In July, he sent troops to … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Philippi

The “Forgotten Battle” of Philippi comes to the airwaves this weekend, straight from the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, courtesy of our good friends at C-SPAN. Jon-Erik Gilot’s “Battle of Philippi” talk debuts on C-SPAN 3 … Continue reading

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A Casualty at Antietam

The afternoon grew late before the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry finally joined the fray. The battle at Antietam had waged since the early morning hours of September 17, 1863. However, as part of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, the … Continue reading

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Death of a Lieutenant Colonel

The battle of Fisher’s Hill pushed the Confederates under General Jubal Early into a panicked retreat up the Shenandoah Valley, leaving the lower and portions of the middle valley open to Union control and raids. The Rebels had attempted to … Continue reading

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Mrs. Gordon Rallies The Troops In Winchester?

General John B. Gordon had much on his mind on September 19, 1864. The Yankees fought tenaciously, driving back his troops. His friend, General Rodes, had been carried off the battlefield mortally wounded, and Gordon blamed himself for not having … Continue reading

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Colonel Hayes and the Third Battle of Winchester

The Third Battle of Winchester—fought on September 19, 1864—pitted Union General Philip Sheridan against Confederate General Jubal Early in the largest battle fought in the Shenandoah Valley. The conflict ended with the Confederates giving up Winchester for the last time … Continue reading

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“The Batteries On Each Side Ceased Firing”: Civilians In Antietam’s Cross Fire

While the Confederate and Union artillery guns dueled during the morning hours of September 17, 1862, their shells flew over the farm land and homes of local civilians. Long before the Sharpsburg area became a battlefield, it was quiet community … Continue reading

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