Tag Archives: George A. Custer

Falling Waters: The Death of Maj. Peter Weber

On July 3, 1863 Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick recklessly ordered one of his brigade commanders, Brig. Gen. Elon Farnsworth, to attack a Confederate position near the southern end of the Gettysburg battlefield. The ground over which Farnsworth had to traverse was … Continue reading

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My Favorite Historical Person: George A. Custer

My favorite historical person is George Armstrong Custer. My introduction to Custer came in the second grade when I first saw the movie, They Died With Their Boots On. Although highly entertaining, the film is steeped in myth and thus it … Continue reading

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The Fight for the Ogg Farm at Trevilian Station

This past weekend, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend time with family at Lake Anna. On Friday morning, we went out to breakfast in Louisa with my wonderful brother and sister-in-law. Driving back to the house, we … Continue reading

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“Great Good Service”: Union Cavalry Holds Cold Harbor, June 1, 1864

After taking command of the Army of the Potomac’s cavalry corps in April 1864, Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan was determined to expand the duties of his troopers. Traditionally, the primary role of cavalry was that of scouting, screening and intelligence … Continue reading

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Unwritten History: Who Shot J.E.B. Stuart?

Yellow Tavern is an engagement that continues to interest me. Although much of the battlefield has been obliterated by modern development, traces of it still remain and like many other battles, so do unanswered questions. The regimental alignment of Brig. … Continue reading

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A Bump in the Road to Spotsylvania: The Battle of Todd’s Tavern

On May 5-6, 1864, in the Battle of the Wilderness, Robert E. Lee brought the spring offensive launched by George Meade’s Army of the Potomac to a grinding halt. Rather than retreat, General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, who was traveling with … Continue reading

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“Shoot Us Down Like Turkeys in a Pen”: Union and Confederate Cavalry Clash at Cold Harbor

On May 30, 1864, Philip Sheridan’s Union cavalry tangled with Confederate horsemen in the vicinity of Old Church northeast of Richmond. After the Battle of Haw’s Shop, Sheridan had been sent to Old Church to secure the roads leading to … Continue reading

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“A spectator would have said that the opponents were afraid of each other”: The Battle of James City

As Lee’s infantry made its way westward to Madison Courthouse, Stuart took Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton’s cavalry division (Hampton was still recovering from wounds suffered at Gettysburg) ahead to screen the infantry’s movements. Stuart knew that Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s … Continue reading

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For the Love of a Dog

Throughout much of his adult life, George A. Custer surrounded himself with dogs. His love and care for these animals can be found throughout the writings of his contemporaries. During the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, Custer posed for a photograph … Continue reading

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Happy One-Year Anniversary!

Happy one-year anniversary! Today marks the one year anniversary of the launching of Emerging Civil War. It’s hard to believe in one year that we have amassed over 150,000 reads, of nearly 400 articles, from sixteen authors. We cannot thank … Continue reading

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