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He Freely Gave Himself: George Leppien and His Maine Battery

In the midst of a growing crisis on the Army of Virginia’s left flank, a battery of Maine artillerymen trotted to the top of Chinn Ridge. The trained gunners unlimbered their pieces and prepared their guns to open on the … Continue reading

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Amiel Whipple’s Armor of Dirt

We have written about the death of Brig. Gen. Amiel Whipple exactly once on this blog in ten and a half years, and that wasn’t until August of 2021 in a guest post by T. J. Bradley, writing about sharpshooters. … Continue reading

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Descendants of Revolutionary Riders in the Civil War

Most Americans know the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes and their midnight ride on April 18-19, 1775, through the Massachusetts countryside (Revere’s role is better know than Dawes’). I would wager that most readers of this blog know … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Jackson’s Flank Attack at Chancellorsville

Around 6:00 p.m. on May 2, 1863, Maj. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, commander of the Union XI heard the sounds of firing on his picket line, followed by wild animals rushing through his headquarters area at Dowdall’s Tavern. Moments later … Continue reading

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Words “in Praise of General Berry”: Hiram Berry Memorial Poems

“Not a word in praise of General Berry’s services, but half a column laudatory of Stonewall Jackson can be found in the Bath Courier,” a newspaper reader complained on May 23, 1863, in a letter to the Bangor, Maine, Whig … Continue reading

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The Absalom McGee Family: “Our Farm Adjoining Chancellorsville”

Part 1 Several households of McGees lived on near Chancellorsville and saw their land turned into battlefield on May 1, 1863. The Absalom McGee Family lived a little more than a mile east of the Chancellor Crossroads. They owned 100 … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/2-5/8/22

What is your favorite “What If” related to the Battle of Chancellorsville?

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Was it really Chancellorsville? Exploring Details in The Red Badge of Courage

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane is a work of classic fiction, exploring universal themes of humanity, violence, war, and the growth of courage. One of the brilliant things about the story is the lack of details—meaning that … Continue reading

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Sharpshooters at Chancellorsville

ECW welcome guest author T. J. Bradley…. “Sharpshooter” tends to be a word that grabs a Civil War enthusiast’s attention. Thoughts are conjured of green coats and leather gaiters, Whitworth rifles, and the ability to hit elephants at a given … Continue reading

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Called Out For “The Men Not To Fire” At Chancellorsville

Dark night. A general on a scouting expedition out in front of the lines. Moonlight and dense woods. A call for troops not to fire. What Civil War account comes most quickly to mind? Probably “Stonewall” Jackson at Chancellorsville. However, … Continue reading

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