Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

Recruiting a Regiment: Thomas G. Stevenson and the 24th Massachusetts

As one of the ranking officers with the New England Guard, a prewar militia group based in Boston, Thomas Greeley Stevenson felt primed for leadership when the Civil War broke out. Answering the call to arms, he and a close … Continue reading

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What Historians Really Do–Part 1

Elmer Ellsworth. This is the man who has been the focus of my intellectual life for over ten years, although there were times earlier that he was certainly in my sights. Who knows exactly why one person, one battle, one … Continue reading

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“Little Mac’s” Final Moments: The Death of George B. McClellan

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author William Griffith “The startling announcement was made on Thursday [actually Friday] morning that General McClellan was dead,” read New Jersey’s The Orange Journal on Sunday, October 31, 1885, “…very few … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part four)

Part four of a series. Desertion and “Demagogues”  Desertion was also a disease in the army, though of a different kind. With Hooker assuming command the army officially went into winter camp. Morale was still dangerously low and homesickness was a real … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861-Part IV

Robert Garnett received word of his army’s defeat at Rich Mountain on the night of July 11.  He had to move quickly, as a Federal force advancing from the Rich Mountain battlefield that occupied the town of Beverly would be … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861, Part III

So far, George McClellan’s plan was working.  Robert Garnett remained transfixed by Thomas Morris, convinced that was the main force.  Besides, Garnett felt that he did not have to worry for the 1,300-man force south of him at Rich Mountain.  … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/11-7/17/16

Did Abraham Lincoln’s view of not using the Tidewater Peninsula as an invasion route unnecessarily prolong the war? Did McClellan’s mismanagement keep Union forces from using it, and thus allow Lee to operate in Northern Virginia where the Confederate commander … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861–Part II

Robert Garnett set his men to work immediately upon assuming command of what he dubbed the Army of the Northwest.  He drilled the raw recruits and ordered them to dig earthworks at their two defensive positions at Rich Mountain and … Continue reading

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“Not written in letters of blood.”

Edwin M. Stanton to Major General William S. Rosecrans, July 7, 1863: “We have just received official information that Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant on the 4th of July. Lee’s army overthrown; Grant victorious. You and your noble army now … Continue reading

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On The Trail with Sterling Price and John Brown

Recently I was “dragged”  on a family trip out to the far west….well, the Civil War far west, Kansas and Arkansas.  My friends and family who live in the region promised me “there are some really cool Civil War sites … Continue reading

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