Tag Archives: David Birney

The Best Missed Opportunity at Richmond

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Doug Crenshaw, who continues to look at communications mishaps during the campaigns for Richmond. Today, he turns to 1864. As they peered over the walls of Fort Harrison, Confederate soldiers witnessed an … 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 three)

Part three of a series. Camp Health and Winter Huts Camp health and cleanliness was also a major concern. Most of the enlisted men spent their winters in small huts, reminiscent of those used by Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. … Continue reading

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“Using…Superlatives Not Found in Military Tactics or Church Catechism”: Berdan’s Sharpshooters at Kelly’s Ford

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Mike Block In the fall of 1863, Berdan’s Sharpshooters were respected on both sides of the field. There initial purpose being to “bring together the best marksmen possible of the North, … Continue reading

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He Had Won for Himself an Honorable Name: Brig. Gen. John Chambliss’ Untimely Death

Today, we are pleased to welcome back author Jimmy Price The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign witnessed many dark days for the Army of Northern Virginia, but one that has received scant attention is August 16, 1864. On that day, Lee’s army lost … 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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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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