Category Archives: Cavalry

Expeditions Bold and Admirable: The Dumfries Raid

Part two in a series. You may read the Introduction here and Part 1 here. After Brig. Gen. Wade Hampton’s reconnaissance into Stafford County at the end of November, 1862, he directed his scouts to continue to operate among and … Continue reading

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Expeditions Bold and Admirable: The First Battle of Hartwood Church

Part one in a series. You may read the Introduction here. On November 17, the lead elements of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s Army of the Potomac reached Stafford Heights, opposite Fredericksburg. The old colonial city was the first stop in … Continue reading

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Expeditions Bold and Admirable: Wade Hampton in the Winter of 1862

Introduction to a series A couple weeks ago, I shared a piece on the actions of Wade Hampton at the Battle of Trevilian Station. Hampton’s direction and subsequent victory there catapulted him to command the cavalry corps of the Army of … Continue reading

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Trevilian Station: Wade Hampton Emerges from the Shadow of J.E.B. Stuart

Lately, when the opportunity has presented itself, I’ve been reviewing primary accounts of the Battle of Trevilian Station. The announcement last week regarding our speakers lineup for the Fifth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium (early bird rates are still available) prompted … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers and Monuments: The Custer Maple

One aspect of battlefield tramping that continues to fascinate historians and visitors alike are witness trees. These unique specimens provide a tangible link to the events of the past. Although it no longer stands, one is commemorated in the town … Continue reading

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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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