Tag Archives: Battle of Spotsylvania

Dawn at Spotsylvania

May 12, 2020 – 156 years since the attack on the Mule Shoe Salient/Bloody Angle during the Battle of Spotsylvania The sun’s brightness felt blinding as I climbed out and headed east, then took the trail northwest to get to … Continue reading

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“Face Us In The Right Direction”

The inky black darkness, slippery trail through the woods, and water droplets falling from the foliage added to the misery of the night march over unfamiliar terrain on the night of May 11, 1864. The marching column halted frequently in … Continue reading

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Company K, 1st Michigan Sharpshooters at Spotsylvania

Last Sunday, I went walking along Burnside Drive in Spotsylvania National Battlefield. I started at the Michigan Marker and one of the regiments listed there was the main reason I came to this location to walk and think about Native … Continue reading

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26th Michigan: “Through those long hours of murderous conflict”

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Nathan Varnold. When we look back over the four battlefields here in the Fredericksburg area, no ground holds more harrowing scenes, more gruesome details, nor more emotional devastation than the ground in and around … Continue reading

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Preservation News: CVBT Preserves New Ground at Spotsylvania Battlefield

Our friends at the Central Virginia Battlefield Trust have been hard at work acquiring and preserving more ground on the Spotsylvania battlefield. Last March, we told you a little bit about their work preserving a tract along the Brock Road … 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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Some Views of Stevenson Ridge

We wanted to share some views of Stevenson Ridge, where, the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium is being held next month. Stevenson Ridge is a beautiful bed and breakfast on the edge of the village of Spotsylvania Court House. … Continue reading

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The Fight at Meadow Bridge: A Forgotten Cavalry Battle Outside Richmond

As the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia grappled for control of the Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, another battle took shape on the outskirts of Richmond. During the Federal march out of the Wilderness, the tumultuous … Continue reading

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Where Was George Gordon Meade?

A Google search of the many sketches and paintings that have become the iconic, popular images of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House may unveil a startling revelation. The commander of the Army of the Potomac, the principle … Continue reading

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The Downfall of a Federal Corps Commander: Warren-Sheridan and the Five Forks Controversy: Part One

Part One in a Series. It is a well know fact that many historians live with the characters that they write about for many years. Delving into a major project often exposes us to an abundance of characters that are … Continue reading

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