Tag Archives: IX Corps

Sister Lydia Penny: “Like a Ministering Angel”

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott. Tim originally sent this post to us for Women’s History Month; we apologize for the delay in getting it up. We are fortunate that several United States Colored Troops (USCT) soldiers chose … Continue reading

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The Myth of Mrs. Bixby’s Letter

One of my favorite movie scenes of all time comes from Saving Private Ryan when Gen. George Marshall, informed about the deaths of three brothers, tells his staff that they’re going to send a special mission to retrieve a fourth, … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part two)

(part two of a series) When Alfred Waud finally arrived on the Spotsylvania battlefield’s eastern front, he produced a sketch showing the Federal IX Corps on the outskirts of the village. Spotsylvania-based historian John Cummings has convincingly placed the location … Continue reading

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War Comes to St. George’s (part one)

(part one of a series) Last August, I had the honor of giving a lecture at my church, St. George’s Episcopal Church, about its history during the Civil War. Several living historians, members of Women of the Civil War, the … Continue reading

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A Sketch of Stevenson Ridge, 1864

A couple weeks ago, as I was looking at Harper’s Weekly’s coverage of the Overland Campaign, I came across a fun unexpected surprise: a wartime illustration from Spotsylvania that shows Stevenson Ridge. The image, sketched by Alfred Waud, is labeled … Continue reading

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The Topography of Spotsylvania

Last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to give a tour of the Spotsylvania and North Anna River battlefield to a great group from the Central Ohio Civil War Round Table. I have walked Spotsylvania many times; however, one … Continue reading

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In Memory of Gen. Stevenson

“Thomas Greely Stevenson, the second child and elder son of J. Thomas and Hannah Hooper Stevenson, was born at Boston on the third day of February, A.D. 1836,” reads the memorial book. Gold-edged paper bound in leather, the book serves … Continue reading

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