Category Archives: Campaigns

Lew Wallace Secures the B&O– For the First Time (Pt. 1)

Lew Wallace, the Hoosier lawyer-turned soldier, readied his command for its move. His objective was a vital connection of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad whose trains were badly needed to transport material and manpower. Wallace wrote later, “The need of … Continue reading

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“Upon The Banks of the Potomac”: Two Lieutenants & The Gettysburg Campaign, Part 4

Part of a Series The rearguard is not always the glamorous place to be. Especially during an advance. However, “our” Lieutenants Dooley and Rhodes both found themselves forming part of the rearguard during the Gettysburg Campaign. That meant that their … Continue reading

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Podcast Additional Resources: “The Atlanta Campaign”

It’s all about the Atlanta Campaign this morning… Did you catch Chris and Steve’s discussion about the campaign last week? (Just subscribe or access your NCO Level account via Patreon to hear the details.) Did you know that Steve Davis … Continue reading

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“One of the Hardest Marches”: Two Lieutenants & The Gettysburg Campaign, Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 are available. Heat and dust became common themes in soldier’s diaries during the Gettysburg Campaign. Lieutenants Dooley and Rhodes offered no exception. In fact, the difficulties of the march proved so great that Rhodes penned … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “The Atlanta Campaign” Is Now Available

155 years ago, the Atlanta Campaign was well underway. In the newest Emerging Civil War Podcast episode, Chris Mackowski and Steve Davis–author of a number of works on the campaign–talk a bit about leadership, strategy, and some great stories from … Continue reading

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“The Heat Is Frightful”: Two Lieutenants & The Gettysburg Campaign, Part 2

The Gettysburg Campaign progressed through the second week of June 1863. However, while some regiments marched long miles and battled or skirmished, others waited or moved miles behind the advance forces. The Civil War journals of Lieutenants Dooley and Rhodes … Continue reading

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“This Morning We Are Marching”: Two Lieutenants & The Gettysburg Campaign, Part 1

Confederate General Robert E. Lee did not call it “The Gettysburg Campaign” when his Army of Northern Virginia began maneuvering away from Fredericksburg and aiming north on June 3. That name would come later since neither Union nor Confederate armies … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/3-6/9/19

June 3 marks the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign. In your opinion – aside from the three day battle at Gettysburg – what was the most significant battle, skirmish, or event in the campaign?

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Hanover Court House: McClellan’s High Tide on the Peninsula

(Part of a chapter from an upcoming book on the Peninsula Campaign) In late May 1862, Union General George McClellan advanced his massive army to the outskirts of Richmond. On his far right, he ordered Fitz John Porter, commander of … Continue reading

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The “Crime” at Pickett’s Mill

…and we have to pass over the dead Yanks of the battle field of yesterday; and here I beheld that which I cannot describe; and which I hope never to see again, dead men meet the eye in every direction, … Continue reading

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