Tag Archives: George Gordon Meade

In the Wake of Vicksburg, U. S. Grant as Commander of the Army of the Potomac?

By early August, 1863, Ulysses S. Grant had settled into administrative routine following the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi—but Grant wasn’t one to sit idle long. He had set his eye on Mobile, Alabama, which he was “very anxious to take” … Continue reading

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Paying My Respects to George Gordon Meade

The paths and driveways through Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery remind me of an ant farm I had when I was a kid. The ways twist and scurry across the landscape unpredictably in three dimensions. The map makes it all seem … Continue reading

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Civil War in Paradise

In mid-January I spent a long weekend in Key West. I enjoyed the food, music, and atmosphere of a truly great town, and also saw some of the place’s interesting historic sites.  What really surprised me was the Civil War … Continue reading

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Meade’s Account of Mine Run

One of my favorite pieces of correspondence from the war is a Dec. 2, 2863, letter that George Gordon Meade wrote to his wife in the wake of the Mine Run campaign. The commander of the Army of the Potomac, … Continue reading

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A Little Wedding, A Little History

We’re getting ready for a wedding this afternoon here at Stevenson Ridge. Teal, peach, and off-white pom-poms festoon the fireplace in the chapel, and spider-thin curly-que candelabras, also teal, sit at the center of each table. A sign in the … Continue reading

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On Meade’s Mind, 152 Years Ago

George Gordon Meade had much on his mind as he waited for the train from Washington to arrive. Onboard, the general-in-chief of all Union armies, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, was coming from Washington to take his place with the … Continue reading

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At the Center of Nothing, Meade’s Greatest Moment

If all had gone according to plan, the men of the Federal II Corps would have marched across this field on the morning of November 30, 1863. They would have advanced from the far treeline toward the spot where the … Continue reading

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Mount Carmel Church

On May 24, Grant and Meade made their headquarters at Mt. Carmel Church. Founded in 1773, the church was described by one observer as “a church for religion, not for show.”

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Lee’s Ill-Timed Rest

Historians often say that one of Lee’s greatest talents as a commander was his ability to read his opponents and divine their intentions. I call it “Lee’s superpower.” While evidence supports that idea through 1863, Grant’s appearance in the spring … Continue reading

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More to Read on Meade

On the heels of his recent post on Army of the Potomac commander Maj. Gen. George Gordon Meade, we asked Rob Orrison for some reading suggestions that might shed some light on Meade’s stormy winter of command in 1863-64. Rob … Continue reading

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