Tag Archives: Army of the James

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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The Best Missed Opportunity at Richmond

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who continues to look at communications mishaps during the campaigns for Richmond. Today, he turns to 1864. As they peered over the walls of Fort Harrison, Confederate soldiers witnessed an … Continue reading

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General John Martindale: Genesee’s Forgotten General

I was recently asked to participate in a ghost walk to benefit the Historic Batavia Cemetery in Batavia, NY. Knowing as they do my interest in the Civil War, I was asked to portray Gen. John H. Martindale. The name … Continue reading

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The First Battle of Deep Bottom: July 27, 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jimmy Price Part three is a series. The First Battle of Deep Bottom– also occasionally called the Battle of Darbytown, Strawberry Plains, Tilghman’s Gate, New Market Road, Gravel Hill, and even … Continue reading

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Closing Lee’s Western Door: The Battle of Appomattox Station

The evacuation of Farmville and subsequent fight at Cumberland Church continued to force Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia west. By the morning of April 8, Lee’s next objective was Appomattox Station, where he hoped to obtain critical supplies … Continue reading

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What Did They Know?

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Dwight Hughes When considering historical events, it is too easy to wonder, given what happened, why in the world our ancestors did what they did. But we must remember that they … Continue reading

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The Fourteen Medals of Honor at the Battle of New Market Heights

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market Heights, an action in a larger series of battles that made up Ulysses S. Grant’s Fifth Offensive during the joint Siege of Petersburg and Richmond. New Market Heights is … Continue reading

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“If this army is unable to resist Grant…” The Confederates Move To Cold Harbor

After the engagements along Totopotomoy Creek and Bethesda Church, Grant set his sights on another crossroads–one that could ultimately decide the campaign–and it was once again a seemingly innocent crossroads–by the name of Cold Harbor. As Grant’s cavalry, under the … Continue reading

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The Road to Cold Harbor

The Union cavalrymen had deftly parried the attack of their counterparts the previous afternoon. Known as The Battle of Old Church or The Battle of Matadequin Creek, Brig. Gen. Alfred Torbert’s brigades had turned back a reconnaissance in force led … Continue reading

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Fact List About the 23rd United States Colored Troops…Past and Present

I wanted to convey some information about the 23rd United States Colored Troops. The unit proudly served in the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the James. Today, the unit is based out of Spotsylvania County Virginia, and … Continue reading

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