Category Archives: Civil War Events

Stand in the Cemetery: George Washington Getty and the Battle of Cedar Creek

Following the engagement at Tom’s Brook on Oct. 9, 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union Army of the Shenandoah continued north toward Winchester. Sheridan eventually put his men into camp along a stream known as Cedar Creek south of the … 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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Monuments in the Classroom

One of the courses I’m teaching this semester is a new freshman-level writing course that’s part of my university’s new general education curriculum. I was one of several faculty from the English and Communication departments—plus a groovy Business professor—who helped … Continue reading

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October-November Presentations

October: 1st: Dan Welch, Book Signing, Thomas Balch Library 4th: Daniel T. Davis, “Out Flew the Sabres: The Battle of Brandy Station”, Genesee Community College, Batavia Campus, NY 7th: Doug Crenshaw, “The Seven Days as a Turning Point”, Pamplin Park, Petersburg, … 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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“A Grievous Loss”: John B. McIntosh at Third Winchester

Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester. This day long engagement was the beginning of the end of Confederate fortunes in the Shenandoah Valley. One of the highlights of the battle was a massive mounted attack … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 15, 1862

As the heavy morning fog lifted, the trapped Federal garrison, helplessly huddled in its defenses, looked around and saw Confederates everywhere–in front, on either side and behind them. When Mother Nature dissipated and exposed the Union soldiers, the cordon of … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 14, 1862

From 9 a.m. until the sun set behind the hills, the day-long Battle of South Mountain raged. Federal troops first struck up the mountain at Fox’s Gap. By the end of 13 hours of fighting, the motley assortment of Confederate … Continue reading

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Dranesville, a Troubled Town: Part 2

Part One Can Be Found Here. The white men of Virginia went to the polls on a warm May 23, 1861 to vote on the secession referendum passed a month earlier by a delegates’ convention. By the time the ballots … Continue reading

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With Lee in Leesburg: Harrison Hall

On the night of September 5, 1862 a lot must have been going through Lee’s mind as he went to bed in the home of Henry and Jane Harrison in Leesburg. A few days before he informed Confederate President Davis … Continue reading

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