Category Archives: Cavalry

Edward B. Williston and the ECW Archives

Recently, I was reviewing several accounts related to the Battle of Trevilian Station. On the second day of the engagement, 1st Lt. Edward Williston, a Federal artillerist, brought his guns to bear on the Confederate position at the the Ogg … Continue reading

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A Question of Morale

One of the controversial aspects of the Chancellorsville Campaign was the decision by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker to send his cavalry under Brig. Gen. George Stoneman into central Virginia. Hooker envisioned that Stoneman’s troopers would disrupt Robert E. Lee’s lines … Continue reading

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Jackson Flank Attack Ground Saved

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

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 9, 1862

The pace of the campaign began to pick up on September 9. Robert E. Lee, hopeful that the Federal garrisons in the lower Shenandoah Valley, realized that he would have to nudge them away from his supply line. Accordingly, Lee … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Campaign Site Preservation Opportunity

The Civil War Trust has announced a unique preservation opportunity. The battle of Upperville was part of Jeb Stuart’s defense-in-depth of Ashby’s Gap and a look into the movement’s of Lee’s army by the Federal Cavalry. During this battle, Col. … Continue reading

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“A Period of Great Trial”: The 1st Massachusetts Cavalry in the Maryland Campaign

Recently while preparing for an upcoming tour of the Kelly’s Ford battlefield, I was reading through  A History of the First Regiment of Massachusetts Cavalry Volunteers by Benjamin Crowninshield. One of their officers, Maj. Samuel Chamberlain, played a critical role in … Continue reading

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The Union Cavalry Comes of Age Returns

I am often asked what’s my favorite of my various books. Inevitably, I answer, “That’s not fair. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite toe.” I wouldn’t undertake the cost, time, or effort to write books if I didn’t … Continue reading

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Help Save a Gettysburg Campaign Site!

Gettysburg and Joshua L. Chamberlain are synonymous. From well-studied to first-time visitors, practically everyone knows of Little Round Top and the 20th Maine Infantry. The regiment, part of Col. Strong Vincent’s brigade, was not only a veteran unit, but it … Continue reading

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“I Intend to Make the Yankees Pay”: A Monumental Discussion

Conclusion of a series. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 are available. This past Saturday, while passing through Richmond, I decided to visit the J.E.B. Stuart statue on Monument Avenue. Lately it seems that I have been in Stuart’s shadow. … Continue reading

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Dranesville: A Troubled Town, Part 1

The 1st Pennsylvania Reserve Cavalry rode into Dranesville just past 5 a.m. on November 27, 1861, two hours before sunrise. Having left their camps not far from Langley, Virginia the previous night, the Pennsylvanians split up and swept into the … Continue reading

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