Category Archives: Cavalry

Impressed with Coming Disaster: Alsop’s Field at Chancellorsville

On May 9, 1864, Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, commanding the VI Corps in the Army of the Potomac, was killed at Spotsylvania Court House. Visitors to the battlefield can walk from the Exhibit Shelter to a monument that stands on … Continue reading

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A Postscript: Time to Talk (Civil War) Books….

Last week, Emerging Civil War featured a week-long interview with Civil War bookseller Marc Ramsey of Owens & Ramsey Booksellers in Richmond, Virginia. One thing Marc and I didn’t really didn’t have time to touch on in the conversation, though, … Continue reading

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General Chennault Finds Inspiration

Earlier, I blogged about the Civil War ties to Claire Lee Chennault and the Flying Tigers. On 4 July 1942, the Flying Tigers ceased to exist, and the men became the cadre for the China Air Task Force, part of … Continue reading

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Save 244 Acres at Brandy Station

There have been many preservation victories at the Brandy Station battlefield over the years. Now there is an opportunity to preserve even more hallowed ground at the site of the largest cavalry action fought during the war. See details below … Continue reading

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Delaying the Army of the Tennessee: Evander Law and the Battle of Bentonville

We are now in the middle of the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, fought from March 19 to March 21, 1865. During the three day battle, Confederate forces under Gen. Joseph Johnston engaged Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s … Continue reading

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Toad Legs-Virginia Style

Recently I was combing through a memoir from an officer in the 5th Michigan Cavalry, Robert C. Wallace. I came across a little nugget that I wanted to share. To set the scene, it is late July 1863 and the … Continue reading

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“Generally Tore Things Up”: George Custer Visits Beaver Dam Station

Early last month, my wife and I visited my sister and brother-in-law and our new niece in Richmond. On the drive south, we decided to visit Beaver Dam Station, a wartime stop on the Virginia Central Railroad. During the Overland … Continue reading

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Help Save Two Tennessee Battlefields

News of the latest preservation fight in the Western Theater comes to us from the Civil War Trust. Take a moment to read Civil War Trust President Jim Lighthizer’s update at Fort Donelson and Parker’s Cross Roads.

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Wade Hampton and Judson Kilpatrick

Beginning in the spring of 1863, Wade Hampton and Judson Kilpatrick tangled on many a cavalry battlefield. By 1865, Hampton was a lieutenant general—THE highest-ranking cavalry officer in the history of the Confederacy—and Kilpatrick was Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s … Continue reading

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On Location: The Wade Hampton Monument in Charleston

I’m On Location for the last time on this trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve stopped in Marion Square to pay a visit to the Wade Hampton monument, which faces East Bay Drive. I’ve stopped her before to muse on Hampton’s … Continue reading

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