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A Question of Morale

One of the controversial aspects of the Chancellorsville Campaign was the decision by Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker to send his cavalry under Brig. Gen. George Stoneman into central Virginia. Hooker envisioned that Stoneman’s troopers would disrupt Robert E. Lee’s lines … Continue reading

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“A Grievous Loss”: John B. McIntosh at Third Winchester

Today marks the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Third Winchester. This day long engagement was the beginning of the end of Confederate fortunes in the Shenandoah Valley. One of the highlights of the battle was a massive mounted attack … Continue reading

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A Bump in the Road to Spotsylvania: The Battle of Todd’s Tavern

On May 5-6, 1864, in the Battle of the Wilderness, Robert E. Lee brought the spring offensive launched by George Meade’s Army of the Potomac to a grinding halt. Rather than retreat, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, who was traveling with … Continue reading

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“Shoot Us Down Like Turkeys in a Pen”: Union and Confederate Cavalry Clash at Cold Harbor

On May 30, 1864, Philip Sheridan’s Union cavalry tangled with Confederate horsemen in the vicinity of Old Church northeast of Richmond. After the Battle of Haw’s Shop, Sheridan had been sent to Old Church to secure the roads leading to … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change

Part three in a series. In the Napoleonic system, the army’s mounted arm took multiple forms. There were: carabiniers, cuirassiers, dragoons, hussars, chasseurs, and lancers. Each had its own specific mission. Carabiniers were armed with dragoon carbines and sabers, and … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: Douglas MacArthur and the Return to the Philippines

70 years ago today, General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore on Leyte, fulfilling his famous pledge to return to the Philippines. The photo of him at that moment (shown here, center, with his staff) is one of the iconic images of … Continue reading

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Wesley Merritt and the Battle of Tom’s Brook

Following the Battle of Fisher’s Hill, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Federal army pursued Lieut. Gen. Jubal Early’s Rebel forces up the Shenandoah Valley. With the Yankees dogging his march, Early left the Valley, while Sheridan encamped around the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia. … Continue reading

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Prelude to a Star: The Urbanna Raid

part two in a series The Army of the Potomac was in disarray when George Custer returned from Washington on May 5, 1863. Early that morning, the army began their retreat to the north bank of the Rappahannock River. This … Continue reading

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Prelude to a Star

Part one in a series The young officer walked out of the theatre and onto the bustling Washington street. Fixing his kepi atop his head, he began to make his way back to his boardinghouse. His affinity for plays was … Continue reading

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