Category Archives: Cavalry

Book Review: The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign

The Maps of the Cavalry in the Gettysburg Campaign: An Atlas of Mounted Operations from Brandy Station through Falling Waters, June 9-July 14, 1863 By Bradley M. Gottfried Savas Beatie, 2020, $34.95 hardcover. Reviewed by Zachery A. Fry Seasoned followers … Continue reading

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That Other Cavalry Guy: Benjamin H. Grierson

April is a significant month in Civil War history. Some argue that the war both began and ended in Aprils four years apart. Lincoln was assassinated in April. The war’s first really bloody battle—the foreshadowing of what was to come—occurred … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864

Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864 By Bruce M. Venter University of Oklahoma Press, 2016 $23.99 hardcover Reviewed by Doug Crenshaw Judson Kilpatrick’s 1864 raid on Richmond is often overlooked by those who study the war in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Six Days of Awful Fighting by Eric Wittenberg

In his newest book, Eric Wittenberg has turned his prolific pen to a topic that has been unfortunately overlooked: the cavalry operations around Richmond during the 1864 Overland Campaign. Gordon Rhea gave the subject some much-needed attention in his book … Continue reading

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Incendiaries on the B&O: The Burning of the Fish Creek Spans During the Jones-Imboden Raid (Part II)

See Part I here… On the night of April 27, 1863, Hannah Church spied five men building a fire under the two spans of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad crossing of a fork of Fish Creek bearing her family’s name. … Continue reading

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Incendiaries on the B&O: The Burning of the Fish Creek Spans During the Jones-Imboden Raid (Part I)

Civil War cavalry raids often rank among the most romantic of Civil War tales. This often has to do with the characters most often associated, with names like Stuart, Morgan, Mosby, Rosser, Gilmor and others. These raids would be recalled … Continue reading

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The Astonishing Life of an Italian American Civil War Soldier

Lt. Charles DeRudio inched along on his belly through dense underbrush to the bottom of a dry creek bed, concealing himself to avoid capture and certain death. Pistol shots rang out nearby, followed by female voices. DeRudio raised his head … Continue reading

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Give the Devil All He Wants: The 1862 Rebel Raid on Chambersburg

ECW welcomes guest authors Dan Masters and Scott Mingus Fear had long since given way to nonchalance. Constant alarms that “The Rebels are coming” had wearied the residents of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, to the point that by mid-October 1862, most … Continue reading

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“To Make A Foray”: A Letter From The Chickahominy Raid

This week I’ve been getting my notes ready for the Virtual Symposium filming session where I’ll be sharing about J.E.B. Stuart’s 1862 Chambersburg Raid. In the process of reviewing the historical information, I moved backward on the timeline and re-examined … Continue reading

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Sheridan and the Franco-Prussian War

150 years ago this month, the Franco-Prussian War broke out. By early September the Prussian/German forces had smashed two French armies, captured Emperor Napoleon III, and were marching to Paris to lay siege to the city. When the war ended … Continue reading

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