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C’mon, Cump!

In his recent, admiring biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, Brian Holden Reid terms him a “dazzling literary stylist.” Well, watch out for that razzle-dazzle, at least in Sherman’s Memoirs (1875). I am not the first to notice that in his … Continue reading

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Send In The Plumbers?

Reading through James A. Scrymser’s reminiscences, I found this delightful account of when some volunteer plumbers were called to the White House in 1861. Before turning it over to the original writer, it is helpful to note that the “water-back” … Continue reading

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Hanover Court House: McClellan’s High Tide on the Peninsula

(Part of a chapter from an upcoming book on the Peninsula Campaign) In late May 1862, Union General George McClellan advanced his massive army to the outskirts of Richmond. On his far right, he ordered Fitz John Porter, commander of … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Campaign: Cavalry Actions in the Loudoun Valley

The coming week will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the cavalry battles of Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, all part of the Gettysburg campaign. These fights were particularly important as they were a series of engagements that kept the Federal cavalry from … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part four)

Part four of a series. Desertion and “Demagogues”  Desertion was also a disease in the army, though of a different kind. With Hooker assuming command the army officially went into winter camp. Morale was still dangerously low and homesickness was a real … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Wounding Site of Daniel Sickles

Part of a series. Major General Daniel Sickles was the wild card in the Army of the Potomac, and a survivor. Sickles was a prewar lawyer and politician who was tried, and acquitted for, the murder of Philip Barton Key … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part two)

Part two of a series. A New Chief of Staff and Improved Supply System Ambrose E. Burnside left the Army of the Potomac with a litany of major problems; many of which were brought on by poor staff work. To … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Berkeley Plantation

Not far from the Malvern Hill battlefield runs a stretch of historic James River Plantations with plenty of history of their own. Foremost among them is Berkeley Plantation, where I recently made a visit in order to track down the … Continue reading

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Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part two in a series In the first installment of this series, we reviewed the findings of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War with respect to the conduct of the pursuit of the defeated Army of Northern … Continue reading

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A Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part one in a series My two most recent posts dealt with the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War’s attempt to crucify George Gordon Meade for allegedly deciding to retreat from the battlefield at Gettysburg. Maj. Gen. Daniel … Continue reading

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