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Lee’s Curious Order at North Anna

Reading primary sources is an especially fun part of researching a book. Not only is it interesting to read other people’s mail, as a once-upon-a-time radio newscaster, I’m always on the lookout for great “soundbites”—those great lines or pieces of … Continue reading

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ECW Series: “Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River” by Chris Mackowski

“If I can get one more pull at [Grant], I will defeat him.” — Robert E. Lee “Everything looks exceedingly favorable to us.” — Ulysses S. Grant Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River, May 21-25, 1864 … Continue reading

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Saving Jericho Mills at the North Anna River

Some great news from our friends at the Civil War Trust: They announced this week a major initiative to preserve more than 600 acres of the North Anna battlefield. “This is one of the largest parcels of historic battlefield land we have … Continue reading

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Gordon Rhea’s “To the North Anna River”—History Writing at Its Best

I can’t let the sesquicentennial anniversary of North Anna slip away without tossing in a plug for Gordon Rhea’s book To the North Anna River. Rhea’s monumental four-volume study makes him the unquestionable master of Overland Campaign studies, but his … Continue reading

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“We Must Strike Them a Blow!”—Robert E. Lee at North Anna (part three)

part three of three That night, as time slipped by for the Army of Northern Virginia to attack Hancock’s portion of the Army of the Potomac, Lee’s demeanor worsened. Because of his dysentery, his immobility, his lack of sleep, his … Continue reading

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“We Must Strike Them a Blow!”—Robert E. Lee at North Anna (part two)

part two of three The Confederate line along the North Anna was one of the strongest the Army of Northern Virginia held during the war. Laid out by engineers, the line was an inverted “V” positioned along the heights of … Continue reading

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“We Must Strike Them a Blow!”—Robert E. Lee at North Anna (part one)

Part one of three Much is written on Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s health throughout the Civil War. Possible heart attacks, strokes and fatigue began to take a toll on Lee’s health during the war. Most physicians agree today that … Continue reading

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A Run Along North Anna

I tighten the laces of my sneakers, stretch my calf muscles, and head down the path toward the battlefield at a brisk walk. After a hundred yards or so, the path takes a steep tumble over some landscaping timbers set into … Continue reading

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The Race to North Anna, 150 years ago

Hancock’s departure on the night of May 20 got underway ahead of schedule under the cloak of darkness. Confederates found out about it quickly, though, and Lee, anticipating another of Grant’s flanking maneuvers, had prepared for such an eventuality. On … Continue reading

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The Race to North Anna Begins

“Every intelligent enlisted man in the Army of the Potomac knew that we could not wrest the Confederate intrenchments at Spotsylvania from Lee’s veteran infantry,” a Union private announced. Ulysses S. Grant knew it, too. His failed assaults on May … Continue reading

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