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Preservation Setback at the Haw’s Shop Battlefield

In a February 2019 testimony before a congressional subcommittee, American Battlefield Trust president Jim Lighthizer warned that “in the next decade, most unprotected battlefield land will be either developed or destroyed.” Sadly, just over a year later his prediction has proven true on the largest, previously intact parcel of the Haw’s Shop battlefield. From rumblings […]

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Week In Review: May 17-23, 2021

Hope you’ve had a good week! Here’s the review of what ECW has been publishing in the last seven days… Monday, May 17: Question of the Week focused on famous orders for charges. Bert Dunkerly reviewed Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for his Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part III

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II The Center of Gravity Lies at Ox Ford Ulysses Grant suffered terrible casualties in the fighting around Spotsylvania Courthouse, and his periphery strategy failed. General Franz Sigel retreated from the Shenandoah Valley, and Benjamin Butler was “bottled up” on the James River peninsula. Only the […]

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Harris Farm: The 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery’s Baptism of Fire

General Ulysses S. Grant had decided to move around Gen. Robert E. Lee’s right once again in another flanking maneuver in the Overland Campaign. On the night of May 18, 1864, the Union’s Army of the Potomac started shifting away from Spotsylvania Court House. On the following day, Private Joseph W. Gardner of Company K, […]

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ECW’S Overland Campaign on YouTube

Don’t forget, ECW has a ton of material on our YouTube page about the Overland Campaign. Check out our “Overland Campaign” playlist, with more than twenty-five videos. You’ll find something for just about every day of the campaign as it moves from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania Court House to the North Anna River to Totopotomoy […]

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part II

Part of a Series Through sanguine fighting at the Battle of the Wilderness, the Army of the Potomac had just won a strategic victory against their longtime nemesis, the Army of Northern Virginia.  After Ulysses Grant took the initiative from Robert E. Lee, he remained deeply concerned about Lee retaking the initiative. He relayed in […]

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What If?—Coming Soon!

Who among us has not, in the course of his or her Civil War adventures, wondered, “What if…?” It’s a favorite angle of conversation among armchair generals: grab a beer, light up a cigar, and refight the war! I’ve spent many an entertaining evening swapping theories and stories and suppositions with my Civil War buddies, […]

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ECW’s January Bookshelf

Do you need some ideas about what books to read next from your collection? Look no further than the current list of what ECW’s members are reading this month! Let us know what books you are currently reading in the comments below. Ed Alexander I just started Ted Widmer’s Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to […]

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If Grant Goes East, I Will Follow…

On November 12, I boarded a plane at 5:30 PM, heading from Kansas City, Missouri to Richmond, Virginia. I did not arrive until 1 AM the following morning. Grant once told Meade, “Wherever Lee goes, you will follow.”[1] Therefore, I intended to follow the research for my dissertation on the Battle of Cold Harbor. Many […]

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