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Christmas in the Cavalry

As 1862 faded into memory, Christmas approached for the horse soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia and Army of the Potomac. Camped in the Rappahannock River Valley following the Battle of Fredericksburg, their experiences that holiday varied from one … Continue reading

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“On Came the Johnnies”: The First Battle of Brandy Station

This Sunday, attendees of the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge will tour the battlefield of Brandy Station. This area in eastern Culpeper County was some of the most fought over during the Civil War. While the … Continue reading

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“Honor and Glory are Before Me”: The Brief Career of George Bayard

Over the course of the last month I’ve written posts on Benjamin “Grimes” Davis and Elon J. Farnsworth. These men share a common trait: their promising careers were cut short in battle during the Gettysburg Campaign. Davis was in the … Continue reading

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A Challenge Issued: Skirmish at Hartwood Church

The cold morning stillness was shattered as the column of riders splashed across Kelly’s Ford. Snow had come just two days before, on George Washington’s birthday. This recent burst slowed but did not deter these gray clad troopers as they … Continue reading

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Winter Responsibility

Throughout the winter of 1862 and into 1863, the Army of the Potomac slept. These cold months spent in Stafford County were not without activity. On February 6, 1863 new commander Joseph Hooker issued a General Order consolidating his various … Continue reading

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