Category Archives: Civilian

Fredericksburg, Virginia’s Sentry Box

Fredericksburg’s Sentry Box has a history spanning several of America’s most tumultuous eras. General George Weedon, a tavern owner, Revolutionary War general, and influential member of the Fredericksburg community, built the house in 1786, calling it the “Sentry Box” in … Continue reading

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And Now a Brief Word about Kate Chase . . .

Remember that girl in high school? The one who always looked great–clothes perfect, never a hair out of place? She came from a socially prominent family and was really nice to everyone. She dated several popular boys. Her grades were … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Harpers Ferry 3.0—The Time I Took My Kids

On the heels of Chris Mackowski’s recent post regarding how to interest young people more in the Civil War, I headed to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in July for the third time in four years – this time, with my … 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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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 5, 1862

While Confederate soldiers under “Stonewall” Jackson’s command poured across the Potomac River, Federal forces inside Washington’s fortifications continued to sort themselves out. President Lincoln met Ambrose Burnside this morning, offering him command of the army tasked with marching into Maryland … 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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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 6

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 are available. Part 6 is the concluding post in the series.) From his headquarters at City Point, Grant, in turn, informed Lincoln and Stanton that Ord had met with Longstreet … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 5

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 are available.) In any event, on Tuesday, February 28, Longstreet and Ord met again purportedly to discuss prisoner exchanges, when Ord suggested that Lee should contact Grant and request “an interview, stating that … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 4

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 are available.) It is important to note that although Grant seemed somewhat hopeful that the military leaders could “talk a little” about resolving the conflict, he did not support Ord’s proposal for including Julia … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2 are available.) So why was Ord’s idea even considered, and actually supported, at the highest levels of a Confederate government steeped in a patriarchal culture? Porter offered an answer in that “it must be remembered … Continue reading

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