Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

The Decision to Attach William F. Smith to the Army of the James

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick Major General William Farrar Smith is one of the Civil War’s most controversial commanders. He was twice removed from command. He was once considered for an army command. He was … Continue reading

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Preservation News: June 1, 1864 at Cold Harbor

Recently the Civil War Trust announced an effort to preserve land related to the June 1, 1864 fighting at Cold Harbor. This combat has often been overshadowed by the Union assault which took place there on June 3. Cold Harbor … Continue reading

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George McClellan in 1861: A Glimpse of Foibles to Come (part two)

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Jon-Erik Gilot (part two of two) Yesterday, I outlined some of the ways that George McClellan’s early war actions in western Virginia foreshadowed some of the problems that would become some of … Continue reading

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George McClellan in 1861: A Glimpse of Foibles to Come (part one)

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Jon-Erik Gilot. (part one of two) More than his battlefield prowess or organizational abilities, George McClellan is remembered for his less-than-desirable traits—quarreling with subordinates and superiors; micromanaging affairs; uncertain decision making; hesitant … Continue reading

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Searching for George Brinton McClellan

In preparation for Rob Orrison’s and my upcoming ECWS book, To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862, we closed the books and hit the trails and cement roads zigzagging through northern Virginia and central and western Maryland. At … Continue reading

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Turning Point: Assault on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts

Around a small hamlet in southern Pennsylvania, Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia was stymied and driven back after three days, July 1st through the 3rd, of bloodletting at the Battle of Gettysburg. A turning point in the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 12/11-12/17/18

In your opinion, who was the best general or officer at the Battle of Fredericksburg? Why?

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“The Dreadful Responsibility”: Why George B. McClellan Was the Go-To Guy (part two)

ECW welcomes back Jon-Erik Gilot (part two of two) McClellan arrived in western Virginia on June 22 to take personal command of his troops in the field. Endearing himself to the enlisted men, he issued a circular on June 25 … Continue reading

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“The Dreadful Responsibility”: Why George B. McClellan Was the Go-To Guy (part one)

ECW welcomes back Jon-Erik Gilot (part one of two) I’ve long been fascinated with the early days, weeks, and months of the Civil War. The optimism and unbounded confidence displayed on both sides of the conflict during the spring and … Continue reading

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Grant Ascending . . .

The events of July 4, 1863, cemented Ulysses S. Grant’s position as a household name firmly into the public mind. The capitulation of the Confederate bastion of Vicksburg to “Unconditional Surrender” Grant of Donelson fame – on Independence Day no … Continue reading

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