Tag Archives: Army of the Potomac

The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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It’s Smarter to Be Lucky: Finding Gun No. 2

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kevin Pawlak We all react to cannons on a Civil War battlefield differently.  Some people climb on them, others simply look at them, while others—like my friends and I—take pictures of … Continue reading

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At Chancellorsville…

May 2nd, 1863. On this date, this famous man was shot and badly wounded at Chancellorsville Obviously not Stonewall Jackson. Instead, this is Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, the famous Republican hero of Germany. Wait, who?

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Remembering Stoneman’s Raid in the Chancellorsville Campaign

Today marks the 153rd Anniversary of the beginning of Stoneman’s Raid. After weeks of delay due to poor weather, Stoneman’s troopers began crossing the Rappahannock at Kelly’s Ford. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker intended for Stoneman’s cavalry corps to wreak havoc … Continue reading

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“Seizing Destiny” looks at the Valley Forge of the Army of the Potomac

Author Albert Conner found inspiration for his new book in the usually forgotten transitional period between two well-known battles. It’s an unconventional approach among typically battle-focused Civil War scholarship. But that forgotten history, Conner contends, was one of the most transformational … Continue reading

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On Meade’s Mind, 152 Years Ago

George Gordon Meade had much on his mind as he waited for the train from Washington to arrive. Onboard, the general-in-chief of all Union armies, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, was coming from Washington to take his place with the … Continue reading

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The Valley Forge Winter for the Army of the Potomac

To commemorate Washington’s Birthday today, Emerging Civil War is pleased to present an excerpt from the forthcoming book Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s ‘Valley Forge’ and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union by Albert Conner, Jr., … Continue reading

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Picket Duty Along the Rappahannock

Here’s a glimpse of life along the Rappahannock River 153 years ago today. The account comes from John Weiser of the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, who’d stood picket duty that day along the riverbank in front of the Lacy House (Chatham), opposite … Continue reading

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“The General Result Was In Our Favor”: The Army of Potomac’s Victory at Antietam

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Kevin Pawlak Fortunately, for the sake of debate, the outcome of Civil War battles is not as clear-cut as that of a football game, where one can look at the scoreboard at … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Desert War II

A charismatic general fights for an extended period in one theater against the same force under a succession of generals. Despite being outnumbered and often under-supplied, he manages to win a series of spectacular victories that capture the world’s attention … Continue reading

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