Category Archives: Campaigns

The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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The Fight at Meadow Bridge: A Forgotten Cavalry Battle Outside Richmond

As the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia grappled for control of the Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, another battle took shape on the outskirts of Richmond. During the Federal march out of the Wilderness, the tumultuous … Continue reading

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It’s Smarter to Be Lucky: Finding Gun No. 2

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kevin Pawlak We all react to cannons on a Civil War battlefield differently.  Some people climb on them, others simply look at them, while others—like my friends and I—take pictures of … Continue reading

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Visiting the Stuart Monument at Yellow Tavern

Today, 152 years ago, Confederate cavalry commander Maj. Gen. James Ewell Brown “JEB” Stuart was mortally wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern. Stuart died the following day in Richmond. Unfortunately, very little of Yellow Tavern remains today. It has … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Battle of Palo Alto

  Following Cpt. Seth Thornton’s ambush in late April, both armies along the Rio Grande prepared for the war that, as of yet, still remained undeclared. Events were transpiring too quickly for word to get back to Washington, D.C. or … Continue reading

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“Was Taken Prisoner”: A Pennsylvanian in the Wilderness and Andersonville

On May 5, 1864, my wife’s great-great-great grandfather, Levi Bowen,  was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of the Wilderness. By the spring of 1864, Levi,  a member of Company H, 7th Pennsylvania Reserves was a seasoned veteran. In … Continue reading

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At Chancellorsville…

May 2nd, 1863. On this date, this famous man was shot and badly wounded at Chancellorsville Obviously not Stonewall Jackson. Instead, this is Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, the famous Republican hero of Germany. Wait, who?

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Remembering Stoneman’s Raid in the Chancellorsville Campaign

Today marks the 153rd Anniversary of the beginning of Stoneman’s Raid. After weeks of delay due to poor weather, Stoneman’s troopers began crossing the Rappahannock at Kelly’s Ford. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker intended for Stoneman’s cavalry corps to wreak havoc … Continue reading

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It Pays to Re-Read the OR

Long ago I learned from my late friend Albert Castel that it pays to re-read the Official Records when you’re writing about the war. Every now and then I chance upon something that drives home that lesson. A recent reminder came … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Fort Pickens

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Chick I took a trip down to Pensacola with my girlfriend two weeks ago, intent on checking out the beach before it became crowded. I also wanted to look at some … Continue reading

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