Tag Archives: Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part two)

(part two of a series) When Alfred Waud finally arrived on the Spotsylvania battlefield’s eastern front, he produced a sketch showing the Federal IX Corps on the outskirts of the village. Spotsylvania-based historian John Cummings has convincingly placed the location … Continue reading

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Harris Farm: The 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery’s Baptism of Fire

General Ulysses S. Grant had decided to move around Gen. Robert E. Lee’s right once again in another flanking maneuver in the Overland Campaign. On the night of May 18, 1864, the Union’s Army of the Potomac started shifting away … Continue reading

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The 15th NJ at Spotsylvania Court House

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Stumped at Spotsy?

What does this cement block have to do with the battle of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House? Spotsy Stump marker

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part II

Part of a Series Through sanguine fighting at the Battle of the Wilderness, the Army of the Potomac had just won a strategic victory against their longtime nemesis, the Army of Northern Virginia.  After Ulysses Grant took the initiative from … Continue reading

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Peace, Tranquility, Death, and Destruction

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author John Roos… Reflection is something we all do at some time or another. For many of us, we have that special spot where we can stop for a minute and reflect. We think … Continue reading

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Lee’s Luck

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author John Roos… As the 214th birthday of Robert E. Lee has come and gone, I couldn’t help but to reflect on the general. Living in the Fredericksburg area, and giving tours on all … Continue reading

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In Defense of Sheridan

Emerging Civil War welcomes back Nathan Provost. General Philip Sheridan was a hard man of war. He was egotistical and bold, and his personality traits negatively struck many officers, and later historians. In the last twenty years, Sheridan’s legacy has … Continue reading

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Continuous Contact: Grant’s Tactical Doctrine in the Eastern Theater

ECW welcomes back guest author Nathan Provost “In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten. Then he who continues the attack wins.”[1] This quote by Ulysses Grant, general-in-chief of Federal forces, signifies the grand tactic … Continue reading

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The Capture—and Preservation—of Myer’s Hill

May 14 is the anniversary of the 1864 fight for Myer’s Hill during the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Ulysses S. Grant planned for a massive assault against the Confederate right flank there, but poor roads delayed the movement of … Continue reading

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