Tag Archives: 1865

Fall of Tallahassee

Horses’ hooves could be heard pounding the dirt roads outside of town accompanied by the dust clouds associated with it. Brigadier General Edward McCook and his five staffers came trotting in Tallahassee, Florida, the capital of the state. The next … Continue reading

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April Anniversaries

Every April I reflect on the events of 1865.  I’ve always been interested in this transitional period as the war ends and Reconstruction begins.  Having worked at Appomattox Court House and researched the surrender in North Carolina, it is only … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 3/16-3/22/2020

As the Civil War campaigns and situation pointed toward an ending to the conflict in 1865, what was the key moment in March of that year?

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 6

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 are available. Part 6 is the concluding post in the series.) From his headquarters at City Point, Grant, in turn, informed Lincoln and Stanton that Ord had met with Longstreet … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 5

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 are available.) In any event, on Tuesday, February 28, Longstreet and Ord met again purportedly to discuss prisoner exchanges, when Ord suggested that Lee should contact Grant and request “an interview, stating that … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 4

(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 are available.) It is important to note that although Grant seemed somewhat hopeful that the military leaders could “talk a little” about resolving the conflict, he did not support Ord’s proposal for including Julia … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 3

(Part 1 and Part 2 are available.) So why was Ord’s idea even considered, and actually supported, at the highest levels of a Confederate government steeped in a patriarchal culture? Porter offered an answer in that “it must be remembered … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 2

(Part 1 is available here.) While many were disheartened by the failure of the February conference, the Confederates were not willing to give up their hope of establishing an independent nation, although that hope was becoming dimmer with each passing … Continue reading

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A “Visionary” Plan? The Proposed March 1865 Peace Conference, Part 1

In March 1865, a conference was planned where the leading officers on both sides—and their wives—would have played a significant role in brokering peace. It was Maj. General Edward O.C. Ord’s idea, proposed in the wake of the failure of … Continue reading

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The Pageantry of the Advance…Army of Tennessee at Bentonville

Starting yesterday, the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville began. Fought over three days in late March, 1865, the battle was the last-ditch effort by Gen. Joseph Johnston to stop Union General William T. Sherman’s army group as it … Continue reading

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