Category Archives: Leadership–Federal

Civil War Echoes: The Golden Spike

150 years ago today, at 12:47 PM local time, the Golden Spike was driven near Promontory Point, Utah. This ceremony (pictured) completed the Transcontinental Railroad by joining the Central Pacific and Union Pacific. At least two noteworthy Civil War veterans … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership--Federal, Personalities, Ties to the War, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

With Sedgwick at Spotsylvania

Nothing like a monument dedication to spark some controversy. Subscribers to the National Tribune veterans’ newspaper or the Southern Historical Society Papers could expect a flurry of related articles immediately after a new monument appeared. John Watson Mauk, the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Leadership--Federal, Monuments, Primary Sources | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

The Night March into Fredericksburg, May 2-3, 1863

The orders made no sense. Their recipient lacked the creativity to make them work. The Union army dawdled as its commanders traded confused messages, while Lee and Jackson struck their masterpiece victory. To explain why Joseph Hooker’s Chancellorsville campaign failed, … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Campaigns, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

George B. McClellan Papers Now Available Digitally

Say what you will about George McClellan– a great organizer, though timid in combat; beloved by his soldiers though a bane to Lincoln’s cabinet. Or maybe you’re an avid McClellan devotee, who defends the Young Napoleon to any passerby you … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Leadership--Federal, Primary Sources | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

From West to East – John Pope and Counter-Insurgency, Part II

(Part II in a series) In June 1862, John Pope assumed command of the Eastern Theater’s newest army made up of disparate forces – the Army of Virginia. Unfortunately, Pope’s strong ego and dislike for the Army of the Potomac’s … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

From West to East – John Pope and Counter-Insurgency, Part I

“I have come to you from the West,” declared Major General John Pope, as he addressed his new Army of Virginia. The new commander continued, “we have always seen the backs of our enemies; from an army whose business it … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Paul Revere and the Civil War

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April in ’75, Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year…” Thus begins Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic … Continue reading

Posted in Leadership--Federal, Personalities | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Indian Aid: Ely Parker and the Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia

Four months before giving birth to her son Ely, expecting mother Elizabeth Johnson Parker (Gaontguttwus to the Tonawanda Seneca tribe) awoke one night after experiencing a dream. Her mind’s vision showed a rainbow broken in two. The bottom of one … Continue reading

Posted in Battlefields & Historic Places, Emerging Civil War, Leadership--Federal, Personalities | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

The Seniormost Deaths

Today in 1862, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston was mortally wounded at the head of his troops during the Battle of Shiloh (or Pittsburg Landing). A plaque on the battlefield, placed by the War Department shortly after the park’s founding, … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Ties to the War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Question of the Week: 3/18-3/24/19

Who is your favorite commander that fought in both eastern and western theaters of the Civil War? Why?

Posted in Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal | Tagged , , , , | 17 Comments