Category Archives: Campaigns

A Bold Scheme and a Mysterious Coincidence in the Final Days of the Vicksburg Campaign

By July 15, 1863, Gen. Joe Johnston’s “Army of Relief” suddenly found itself in need of relief of its own. Johnston’s impotent posturing during most of the Vicksburg Campaign had done little to alleviate Confederate misfortunes inside the besieged city, … Continue reading

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“All In Our Favor”: A Federal Officer in the Midst of the Tullahoma Campaign

ECW is pleased to welcome back Daniel A. Masters. After four days of marching in nearly constant rain and sticky Tennessee mud, Capt. Wesley Porter Andrus of the 42nd Illinois spent Sunday, June 28, 1863, in camp attending to one … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/28-7/4/21

If you can only pick three decisive moments in the Gettysburg Campaign, what would you choose?

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ECW Podcast: The Early Phases of the Atlanta Campaign

Steve Davis talks about the early phases of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign in this new podcast episode. His years of research on the campaign have resulted in seven books and national awards, including the Fletcher Pratt Award, the Richard Barksdale … Continue reading

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From the Chickahominy to the James: June 4-14, 1864

In the aftermath of Cold Harbor, the armies led by Robert E. Lee and George Meade were at a strategic stalemate less than twenty miles from Richmond. The advantage though was to the Confederates. Lee still held Richmond and his … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part IV

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II and Part III Forgotten Victories Grant wrote to Halleck on May 26 stating “Lee’s army is really whipped.”[1] He found that Lee was unable to attack his positions at North Anna and believed … Continue reading

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A Scene of Desolation – A Missouri Soldier Visits the Shiloh Battlefield in June 1862

On the morning of June 16, 1862, Pvt. Robert Goodman of the Seventh Missouri Infantry left his unit’s encampment to take a stroll. The last couple of weeks had been particularly hard for the men of the “Irish Seventh” regiment, … Continue reading

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Free ECW Podcast: The Overland Campaign

Chris Mackowski and Nathan Provost have a wide-ranging conversation about the Overland Campaign, which was in full swing 157 years ago this month. Listen for free via Patreon!

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part III

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II The Center of Gravity Lies at Ox Ford Ulysses Grant suffered terrible casualties in the fighting around Spotsylvania Courthouse, and his periphery strategy failed. General Franz Sigel retreated from the … Continue reading

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“Our Army Was Thoroughly Beaten”: An English Rebel Remembers Champion Hill

ECW is pleased to welcome back Daniel A. Masters     This extraordinary letter, written by former English army officer Stephen Edward Monaghan Underhill to his mother in Coldstream, Scotland in the waning days of the siege of Vicksburg, gives us an … Continue reading

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