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“We lost some noble men”: The 1st Maine Heavies at Harris Farm

May 19, 1864, was “a day long to be remembered by the 1st Maine Heavy,” wrote a member of the regiment, “as it was on this day that we received our baptism of fire and learned the stern duties of … Continue reading

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The Assaults of May 18

In recognition of the Federal attacks that took place at Spotsylvania Court House today, 150 years ago, we offer a repost of a piece by Chris Mackowski: “Engineering Over Infantry: Spotsylvania May 18, 1864.” Chris and co-author Kris White have … Continue reading

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Catching Up on our 150th Anniversary Coverage

We wanted to take a moment to thank all of our readers for following along with our 150th anniversary coverage. Over the last two weeks we have published a large number of posts, to make it easier on our readers, … Continue reading

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The 23rd USCT at Spotsylvania

At the beginning of the Overland Campaign, the 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops was an infantry regiment in the 4th Division of the independent IX Army Corps. This regiment became the first black regiment to fight in directed combat … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for May 12, 2014

150 years ago today the battle for the Bloody Angle, at Spotsylvania Court House, raged for more than 22 hours. By the end of the Bloody Angle action more than 17,000 casualties littered the battlefield. More than 3,000 of the … Continue reading

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Silent Sentinel

The National Park Service is affording visitors to Spotsylvania a unique treat this evening: To commemorate the 22 hours of combat at the Mule Shoe Salient, an honor guard will be posted at the Bloody Angle until 4:00 a.m. on … Continue reading

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“He Was Decidedly the Best General Officer From Our State”

Another installment of the “Tales From the Tombstone” series in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the Overland Campaign Hailing from Halifax, North Carolina, miles from the Virginia-North Carolina border, Junius Daniel led a privileged life. Hailing from a distinguished … Continue reading

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Following in the Footsteps of the Assault on the Mule Shoe

Darkness sat still over Spotsylvania this morning when I first arrived, and the firmament twinkled with a thousand stars. It was much clearer today than it was 150 years ago as Federal soldiers marched into position for their attack on … Continue reading

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Sunrise at the Mule Shoe

Sunrise at the Mule Shoe Salient May 12, 2014

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The First Day of Rain-May 11, 1864: An Excerpt from “A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House”…Part 2

The following is a chapter excerpt from Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White’s A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Click here to read part one. As Hancock’s division commanders did what they could to prepare with what … Continue reading

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