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Railroads – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad: Confederate Target, Crucial Union Lifeline

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (“B&O”) was chartered in 1828 as one of the first commercial railroads in the world. Construction began that year, connecting Annapolis, Maryland to Wheeling in the far northwestern corner of antebellum Virginia. The B&O eventually … Continue reading

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Favorite Historical Person: Lew Wallace

As I think about people I admire historically, a spectrum of Federal commanders come to mind: Winfield S. Hancock, Nelson Miles, John Gibbon, etc. But recently, I have come to steadily respect and admire more and more Lew Wallace. Wallace … Continue reading

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A Civilian Remembers the Battle of Monocacy

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy, fought in 1864 between Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace and Lt. Gen. Jubal Early. Wallace’s badly-outnumbered Federals aligned themselves along the Monocacy River, hoping to hold off the Confederates in a last-ditch … Continue reading

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“Scared Ol’ Abe Like Hell”: The Battle of Fort Stevens

They were not much to look at: a ragtag, dust caked, mostly shoe-less, begrimed bunch of tanned soldiers carrying rifles and shuffling toward Washington D.C. But, they represented a big threat. Especially in the summer of 1864. They were not … Continue reading

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On to the Monocacy: “First Warning”

Guest post by Ryan Quint. A little while ago, I finished up my series on Lew Wallace and the Battle of Monocacy, fought July 9, 1864. In the three pieces I did on those hectic days of July, I looked … Continue reading

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A General Remembered: Lew Wallace after the Battle of Monocacy

A guest post by Ryan Quint, part three of a series. After his defeat at the Battle of Monocacy, Major General Lew Wallace retreated back towards Baltimore. His force, badly outnumbered by Confederate troops under the command of Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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A General Redeemed: Lew Wallace and the Battle of Monocacy

A guest post by Ryan Quint, part two of a series. Saturday, July 9th, 1864, came following a night of thunderous rain and lightning showers. The first rays of sunlight poked over the nearby mountains and revealed two armies poised … Continue reading

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A General Fallen from Grace: Lew Wallace before Monocacy

A guest post by Ryan Quint. Part one in a series. Musketry crackled in the distance, heavy cannonading made the ground rumble, hundreds of men died up ahead, and Major General Lew Wallace was on the wrong road. Wallace and … Continue reading

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Snow Covered Yet Not Forgotten

During the recent Christmas holiday I had the chance to stop by Antietam National Battlefield on the way to visit family. I have been to Antietam numerous times, but never have I had the chance to see it snow-covered. The … Continue reading

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