Tag Archives: James River

Pontoon Bridges: The Great Crossings

Yesterday Sarah Kay Bierle looked at the ancient uses of pontoon bridges and its perspectives on the 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg. While she addressed the difficulties of bridging rivers, I would like to look at the other side of the coin: … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/4-4/10/16

Here’s another QotW from Phill Greenwalt: Lee supposedly said, “If he [Grant] gets there [James River] it will become a siege and then it will be a mere question of time.” Do you agree with this sentiment or did Lee … Continue reading

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The Real War that Never Got into the Books: Operations North of the James River, July-October 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jimmy Price Part One in a Series. What if I was to tell you that a series of desperate battles was fought on the footsteps of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia? … Continue reading

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A Shift in Strategy: Battle of Globe Tavern

Since June 15, 1864 the Union army under Major General George Meade and Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant hammered the Confederate defenses around Petersburg. From limited success along the eastern front June 15-18, then a thwarted attack on the Confederate supply … Continue reading

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The Less Famous Lee

A devastated Robert E. Lee arrived too late for his older brother’s funeral in 1869. “A sad gap in our family… a grievous affliction to me which I must bear as well as I can,” he tearfully remarked to Mary, his … Continue reading

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Fort Pocahontas

When I stopped at Jamestown, Virginia over the weekend, I expected to find Pocahontas—but to my surprise, I found Fort Pocahontas, too. Just outside the Jamestown colony’s original triangle fort, to the west of the rebuilt palisade, a line of … Continue reading

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