Category Archives: Battles
September 22 was the First Day of Autumn (officially). Do you have a favorite Civil War battle or campaign that took place during the fall months? Why?
Part three in a series. Part One is here, and Part Two is here. War had come, and the people of Herkimer County, New York answered. Located towards the center of the state, the New Yorkers soon heard of Lincoln’s … Continue reading
The Central Virginia Battlefield Trust has worked hard over the years to help in the effort to preserve the ground in which Stonewall Jackson’s famous flank attack made history in May 1863. Their most recent announcement shares the great news … Continue reading
Ever since Winfield Scott had left the city of Puebla in August, 1847, the American garrison inside the city had tangled with Mexican guerrilla fighters. The Mexican irregulars attacked the cattle pens, and took pot shots at the American soldiers … Continue reading
The day began with Confederate soldiers, led by A.P. Hill’s Division, advancing back to Boteler’s Ford downstream from Shepherdstown, ordered there because of the alarm Pendleton created the previous night that crossing Federals captured all of his 44 guns (in … Continue reading
Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester. This day long engagement was the beginning of the end of Confederate fortunes in the Shenandoah Valley. One of the highlights of the battle was a massive mounted attack … Continue reading
September 17th was the 155th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Do you have a favorite regiment or officer who fought at that battle?
The flash of musketry fire illuminated the dark landscape around the sleepy town of Sharpsburg while the few visible stars still hovered in the early morning sky. With each passing moment, as the sun rose higher behind the peaks of … Continue reading
You never know what you will find in an archival collection. Back in June, I spent a day at Emory University, digging through their vast Civil War holdings, much of which were collected by the late (and great) Bell I. … Continue reading
Civil War soldiers vividly remembered, and recalled, certain days of their military careers, both the highs and lows, the good ones and the bad ones. For those soldier participants in the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, the September 17, … Continue reading