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If Grant Goes East, I Will Follow…

On November 12, I boarded a plane at 5:30 PM, heading from Kansas City, Missouri to Richmond, Virginia. I did not arrive until 1 AM the following morning. Grant once told Meade, “Wherever Lee goes, you will follow.”[1] Therefore, I … Continue reading

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The “Absolutely Incomparable” Land at the Intersection of Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor

One of the most fascinating parts of Richmond National Battlefield is that the 1862 battlefield of Gaines’s Mill sits perpendicular to the 1864 battle of Cold Harbor—on the same ground. This week, the American Battlefield Trust announced a campaign to … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “All Had Been Transformed” (Part 12)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 12 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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Bucklin’s Hospital & Camp: “The Awful Tide Upon Us” (Part 11)

In Hospital and Camp, A Woman’s Record of Thrilling Incidents Among the Wounded in the Late War by Sophronia E. Bucklin It’s Week 10 of our read-along with extra historical notes and images. If you want to catch up on the … Continue reading

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Lee’s Last Great Field Victory: A Reassessment of Cold Harbor

ECW welcomes guest author Nathan Provost. On June 3, 1864, Federal soldiers waited anxiously to assault the seven-mile-long Confederate line near Mechanicsville, Virginia. The largest engagement of the battle of Cold Harbor was about to take place. Unbeknownst to them, … Continue reading

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“Dress Upon the Colors!”: The 8th New York Heavy Artillery at the Battle of Cold Harbor

Early on the morning of June 3, 1864, a light mist moistened both armies bunched in their respective earthworks. Private Nelson Armstrong of the 8th New York Heavy Artillery peered above his trench and stared across the open field in … Continue reading

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Preservation News: June 1, 1864 at Cold Harbor

Recently the Civil War Trust announced an effort to preserve land related to the June 1, 1864 fighting at Cold Harbor. This combat has often been overshadowed by the Union assault which took place there on June 3. Cold Harbor … Continue reading

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Finding Evander McIvor Law

My short odyssey to find a Confederate general’s grave in central Florida led me to learn something about my current state of residence and military history. This is part biography of Evandor McIvor Law and part travel-post. **************************************************** Born in … Continue reading

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Three Virginia Battlefields See More Preserved Ground

The Civil War Trust recently notified us of a successful campaign to save nearly 400 acres at several Virginia battlefields, including Gaines’ Mill, Cedar Mountain, and Cold Harbor. President of the Trust, Jim Lighthizer, recently sent us this follow up … Continue reading

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“Great Good Service”: Union Cavalry Holds Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864

After taking command of the Army of the Potomac’s cavalry corps in April 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan was determined to expand the duties of his troopers. Traditionally, the primary role of cavalry was that of scouting, screening and intelligence … Continue reading

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