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Saving Franz Sigel?

Recently, Dave Powell shared historical perspective on Union General Franz Sigel and the Battle of New Market. As we had previously agreed, here is my follow-up piece on the commander and why I had to be extra careful in my … Continue reading

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I fits mit Sigel – New Market, May 15, 1864

There are certain figures in Civil War history who are always good for an easy laugh. Braxton Bragg, on harmonious leadership. George McClellan, concerning rapid movement. Franz Sigel. On, well, most anything.

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Book Review: “Under the Crescent Moon with the XI Corps in the Civil War”

There have been legions of studies done about the corps of the Army of the Potomac and its fighting units. Authors have filled shelves with monographs about the Iron and Irish Brigades, or the 20th Maine. Guides have told and … Continue reading

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Battlefield Markers & Monuments: Woodson’s Missourians At New Market

The marker sits near the orchard, within sight of the Bushong House on Virginia’s New Market Battlefield. It’s normally a peaceful, quiet scene on a typical twenty-first century day. We look closer to read the fading inscription in the limestone: … Continue reading

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It Pays to Re-Read the OR

Long ago I learned from my late friend Albert Castel that it pays to re-read the Official Records when you’re writing about the war. Every now and then I chance upon something that drives home that lesson. A recent reminder came … Continue reading

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The Falling Out Between John McClernand and Ulysses S. Grant

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sean Michael Chick Butler, Banks, Sigel, McClernand. These are just the most infamous of the “political generals” of the American Civil War. The four named here are usually considered military incompetents, their … Continue reading

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What should we make of Franz Sigel?

I usually think of Franz Sigel as one of those “punchline” commanders, figures of general (ahem) ridicule in the Civil War. Benjamin F. Butler? Who doesn’t think of “spoons” and chamber pots? Braxton Bragg? The officer who quarrelled with himself, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for May 19, 2014

This past week marked the 150th Anniversary of the battle of New Market (May 15, 1864). Federal Major General Franz Sigel was ordered by Grant to move up the Valley Turnpike to Lynchburg, where Sigel was to destroy the canal … Continue reading

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“Put the boys in, and may God forgive me for the order.”

They were merely boys, some just old enough to shave for the first time. The youngest was 15, the oldest 24. General John Cabell Breckenridge was adamant: the “boys” from the Virginia Military Institute would only be used as reinforcements … Continue reading

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No NPS? No Problem—New Market

Day Ten in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown Situated about 20 minutes north of Harrisonburg, Virginia is the small town of New Market. Here on May 15, 1864, Confederates under Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge engaged a Union force … Continue reading

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