Tag Archives: 1862 Valley Campaign

ECW Podcast: Tale of Two Stonewalls

It was the best of Jackson; it was the worst of Jackson. The Stonewall of the Valley Campaign was not the Stonewall of the Seven Days. Sarah Kay Bierle, Doug Crenshaw, and Chris Mackowski talk about the tale of two … Continue reading

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Liberating Winchester?

On Sunday, May 25, 1862, the Confederate soldiers in General Thomas J. Jackson’s army who had stayed in the ranks through the grueling night march found themselves on the high ground surrounding Winchester, Virginia, and extending toward the east and … Continue reading

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Belle Boyd and the Battle of Front Royal, Part 2

Part 1 is here “I did not stop to reflect. My heart, though beating fast, was not appalled. I put on a white sunbonnet, and started at a run down the street, which was thronged with Federal officers and men. … Continue reading

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VMI Cadets at McDowell: “War was not a pastime”

When were the Virginia Military Institute Cadets (VMI) called to join a Confederate army as reserves? The most obvious answer is: May 1864 for the battle of New Market. But did you know that “Stonewall” Jackson himself “called out the … Continue reading

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Advancing To Strasburg: Union Generals See What They Want To See In The Shenandoah Valley

In the March 18, 1862, edition of the Staunton Spectator, residents of the middle Shenandoah Valley read about the Confederates’ evacuation of Winchester and the Union army’s arrival in that same town. Then, the early reporting of new Federal movements … Continue reading

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1862: Leaving Winchester

If Union entrepreneurs had been hawking tickets for best viewing places for the next battles to any enthusiastic picnickers who hadn’t learned their lesson at First Bull Run, the tickets would’ve gone cheaply for the seats in the Shenandoah Valley. … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Desert War I

75 years ago today, the German high command decided to send a contingent of German troops to North Africa to bolster Italian forces that had suffered a series of defeats at the hands of the British. This contingent fell under … Continue reading

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The Wounding of the other “Confederate Steuart”

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cross Keys. Along with the engagement at Port Republic the following day, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson repulsed two separate Federal forces. This culminated his highly successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign of … Continue reading

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