Tag Archives: Army of the James

Fallen, but not Forgotten – Corp. Pompey Cotton, Co. D, 38th USCI

“Penetrating gunshot wound, ball entered three inches below right axilla, passed through thorax, lung perforated . . . .“ So reads the Surgeon General’s copied records in the 1869 widow’s pension case filed by Sarah Cotton, who was seeking to … Continue reading

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Sister Lydia Penny: “Like a Ministering Angel”

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott. Tim originally sent this post to us for Women’s History Month; we apologize for the delay in getting it up. We are fortunate that several United States Colored Troops (USCT) soldiers chose … Continue reading

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Fallen, but not Forgotten: Pvt. Henderson Taborn, Co. A, 5th USCI

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott During the mid-nineteenth century, Oberlin, Ohio, known as a “hotbed of abolitionism,” and even referred to as “the town that started the Civil War,” became a magnet of relocation for both self-emancipated … Continue reading

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Dying Far From Home: Pvt. Edward Williams, Co. C, 6th USCI

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott, director of education and interpretation at Pamplin Historical Park During the Civil War, soldiers sometimes attempted to describe the nature of combat to friends and loved ones unfamiliar with warfare. In the … Continue reading

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Grant’s Left Hook by Sean Michael Chick Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the release of the latest book in the Emerging Civil War Series: Grant’s Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, May 5-June 7, 1864, by Sean Michael Chick, published by Savas Beatie (and available here). This is … Continue reading

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A Lost Opportunity: Fort Harrison

During the summer of 1864, Union General U. S. Grant made several attempts to break Lee’s lines by attacking both sides of the James River, hoping to stretch the Confederates to the breaking point. In July, he sent troops to … Continue reading

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African American Soldiers at Fort Gilmer

It was September 29, 1864. General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James finally arose from its slumber, crossing the James and launching attacks against the outer Confederate fortifications around Richmond. The plan was to pierce the works and then to … Continue reading

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Butler’s Decision at Bermuda Hundred

Major General Benjamin Butler’s Bermuda Hundred Campaign in May of 1864 is often dismissed quickly and simply as a failure. Commentators usually invoke Major General U.S. Grant’s quote about a “bottle strongly corked.” It is true that Butler could have … Continue reading

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The Decision to Attach William F. Smith to the Army of the James

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick Major General William Farrar Smith is one of the Civil War’s most controversial commanders. He was twice removed from command. He was once considered for an army command. He was … Continue reading

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Don’t Impede Edward Ord’s Columns

Edward O.C. Ord commanded the Army of the James at the end of the Civil War. In March 1865 they held the Union position north of the James River opposite the daunting Confederate works protecting Richmond. Before his final offensive … Continue reading

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