Tag Archives: Chancellorsville

Lost Opportunities in the Army of the Potomac—A Pair of Examples

Army management is a complicated skill in which the personality and temperament of commanders influence the inner workings and culture of the organization. The Union had no army which was as political, and influenced by outside politics, as its primary … Continue reading

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Foote on Lee

In an interview that appeared in the Summer 1999 issue of The Paris Review, Shelby Foote offered a few thoughts about the battle of Gettysburg, which he’d famously written about in “The Stars in Their Courses: The Gettysburg Campaign” (part … Continue reading

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Jackson’s Wounding: The Best Thing to Happen to Lee at Chancellorsville

I made a somewhat inflammatory comment the other day that—although I didn’t realize it until I said it—I’ve been thinking about a lot over the last decade or so: “Stonewall Jackson’s wounding was probably the best thing that happened to … Continue reading

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On Location: Where Stonewall Jackson Got Shot

I’m On Location at Chancellorsville once again—this time at the scene of one of the most famous incidences of the war. Stonewall Jackson, riding along the Mountain Road, was accidentally shot by his own men—and we’ve been talking about it … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/1-5/7/17

With battle anniversaries for Chancellorsville, Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House here or just around the calendar corner, we’re wondering if you have a favorite battlefield to visit from that list? If so, why?

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Fredericksburg, My Favorite City in Virginia (part four)

part four of five During some of these visits to the city with my mother, I would stop at my Aunt Hattie’s house and she would always have food for us, until she got too old to cook the way … Continue reading

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Stonewall and the Chindit II: Unfinished Adventure Stories

In my last post, I compared and contrasted Generals Stonewall Jackson and Orde Wingate. I then closed with a question: Why are these men objects of such interest and fascination?           There are two main reasons, and they … Continue reading

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Stonewall and the Chindit I: On Character and Generalship

Contemporaries of British Major General Orde Charles Wingate, famed leader of the Chindit special forces in Burma and a noted guerrilla commander in Africa and Palestine before that, often searched for someone with which to compare him. They usually hit … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s ‘Valley Forge’ and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union”.

After the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg in December, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln moaned, “If there is a place worse than hell, I am in it.” The Union war effort, at least in the east, had been met repeatedly with setbacks, … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The 27th Connecticut Monuments at Gettysburg

Part of a series. The 27th Connecticut Infantry was one of those hard luck regiments that served with the Army of the Potomac. The Nutmeg State men entered Federal service during the “Emergency of 1862,” when Robert E. Lee turned … Continue reading

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