Category Archives: Battles

Memorial Day at the Little Bighorn

It is Day 2 at the Little Bighorn and Memorial Day. I started the morning by walking through the National Cemetery. A number of notable individuals are buried there, including Major Marcus Reno, several of Custer’s Indian scouts and Captain … Continue reading

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The Turnabout at North Anna

I think about the Army of the Potomac waking up on this day in 1864, ready to follow up on its successes of the previous day along the banks of the North Anna River, tentatively extending its reach southward only … Continue reading

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Preservation Success at Champion Hill Battlefield

Earlier this month, the Civil War Trust, along with the National Park Foundation and HTR Foundation joined together to announce the protection of a portion of the Champion Hill battlefield, the largest battle of the Vicksburg Campaign. The announcement comes … Continue reading

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A Visit to Buford’s Knoll

Earlier in the week, I took a morning and headed out to the Brandy Station and Kelly’s Ford battlefields. It was quite warm, the hottest day we’ve had so far this year in Virginia. By the time I got back … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Monuments

This small stone marker sits at the foot of a low ridge just outside of the very sleepy burg of Resaca, in north Georgia. In mid-may, 1864, Resaca was little more than a railroad stop and a fortified camp to … Continue reading

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Passing of A Cavalier: The Death of J.E.B. Stuart

For two years James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart was a thorn in the side of Federal armies in Virginia. His rise to prominence and fame began in the spring of 1862 when he led Confederate cavalry on a march around … Continue reading

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Unwritten History: Who Shot J.E.B. Stuart?

Yellow Tavern is an engagement that continues to interest me. Although much of the battlefield has been obliterated by modern development, traces of it still remain and like many other battles, so do unanswered questions. The regimental alignment of Brig. … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/8-5/14/17

In your opinion, what are the most famous last words uttered during the Civil War?

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A Bump in the Road to Spotsylvania: The Battle of Todd’s Tavern

On May 5-6, 1864, in the Battle of the Wilderness, Robert E. Lee brought the spring offensive launched by George Meade’s Army of the Potomac to a grinding halt. Rather than retreat, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, who was traveling with … Continue reading

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Jackson’s Wounding: The Best Thing to Happen to Lee at Chancellorsville

I made a somewhat inflammatory comment the other day that—although I didn’t realize it until I said it—I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last decade or so: “Stonewall Jackson’s wounding was probably the best thing that happened to … Continue reading

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