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The North Anna River, Today

The day was quiet and the water high along the North Anna River today. One hundred and fifty two years ago, Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps was coming to grief as it tried to advance down the Telegraph Road and … Continue reading

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Thomas Nast from the North Anna River: “On to Richmond”

One of my favorite images of the Civil War comes from the June 18, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly. The image, by Thomas Nast, is titled “The Campaign in Virginia—“On to Richmond!” and it accompanied the paper’s coverage of the … Continue reading

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Blink and You’ll Miss It: Crossing the North Anna River Today

I hate travelling on Virginia interstates. Drive one mile and you’ve driven them all. You would have no idea about the state’s richness in natural beauty and history from driving on I-64 near Williamsburg or Charlottesville or anywhere along I-95. … Continue reading

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North Anna Graffiti

I ran across some interesting graffiti while I was talking along the hiking trail at North Anna Battlefield Park the other day….

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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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