Tag Archives: Alfred Pleasonton

“I Don’t Like to Engage in What-Ifs, But….”

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I don’t like to engage in ‘What-Ifs…’” and then launch themselves into a discussion about a “What If,” I could’ve funded the upcoming ECW Symposium on What Ifs … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Four Battlefields Targeted for Preservation

The American Battlefield Trust announced this week that they are working to save battlefields in four states, including their first ever effort in Ohio. The Buffington Island Battlefield is the site of one of only two battles that took place … Continue reading

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February 2022 Maine at War posts

In February 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a cavalry trooper who would not quit to loyal Unionists suddenly trapped behind enemy lines in the Lone Star State. 

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“Here They Come Boys”: George A. Custer at the Battle of Upperville

Recently, while reviewing the National Tribune, I came across an article written by a member of the 6th Ohio Cavalry. The individual shares his experiences about the fighting in Virginia’s Loudoun Valley during the Gettysburg Campaign. Of particular interest was his narrative … Continue reading

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Was Lee’s “Lost Order” a Turning Point? (part three)

(part three of three) What exactly the Lost Order told McClellan has been the subject of much heated debate and controversy almost from the moment he glanced its contents. From an intelligence standpoint, the Lost Order was important to McClellan, … Continue reading

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“No Time for Dallying”: “Grumble” Jones and the Battle of Brandy Station

Next weekend marks the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium. Each year to close out the activities, we have conducted a tour on Sunday of a battlefield which fits the scope of the weekend’s theme. This year, attendees will explore … Continue reading

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Elon Farnsworth: A “What If?” of Gettysburg

154 years after the engagement ended, students and enthusiasts still debate the “what if?” questions related to the Battle of Gettysburg. What if Richard Ewell had captured Cemetery Hill on the first day? What if Meade had withdrawn from the … Continue reading

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In the “Hoofsteps” to Gettysburg: Touring the Loudoun Valley Campaign of June 1863

Of all the sites related to the Gettysburg Campaign, the sites to see in the Loudoun Valley are some of the best preserved and most beautiful places in Virginia. Though in June 1863, there was nothing pretty about thousands of … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Campaign: Cavalry Actions in the Loudoun Valley

The coming week will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, all part of the Gettysburg campaign. These fights were particularly important as they were a series of engagements that kept the Federal cavalry from … Continue reading

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Join three ECW contributors this weekend for a panel of young historians

The last time the Civil War earnestly visited the small Loudoun County town of Unison was Sunday, November 2, 1862.  Local parishioners came together as they had many previous Sundays at Unison’s 1832 Methodist Church. With the service underway, a … Continue reading

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