Tag Archives: John Haley

From the ECW Archives: Phil Kearny’s Death

Here’s a piece from a couple years ago on the September 1 anniversary of the death of Phil Kearny. It’s a description of the fallen Kearny by Pvt. John Haley of the 17th Maine. Haley’s entire memoir is a pleasure … Continue reading

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Recruiting the Regiment: “The drowsy lion must have time to collect itself.”

“At the time of my entry into the service, the war had been in progress about a year and a quarter,” wrote John Haley, then a 22-year-old resident of Saco, Maine.[1] “In 1861 I concluded I had a duty to … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Ball’s Bluff

In his diary on October 22, 1862, John Haley of the 17th Maine recounted his experience camping near the Ball’s Bluff battlefield a year after the battle: “[W]e were sent on picket on a strip of land between the Potomac … Continue reading

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About Phil Kearny on the Anniversary of His Death

Today is the anniversary of the death of Maj. Gen. Phil Kearny, killed at Chantilly in the wake of Second Bull Run. Not too long ago, I came across a fantastic character sketch of Kearny by John Haley, a private … Continue reading

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“To destroy this kind of theology”: Federals in the Fox House

On May 24, 1864, after Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps had crossed the North Anna River and then avoided a Confederate trap, Hancock’s men threw up lines of works to protect themselves. One of the lines near the front “took … Continue reading

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The New Year, 1863 and 1865

“A new year dawns…” wrote John Haley, a private in the 17th Maine, on January 1, 1865: Hope and fear mingle—hope the war will soon end; fear that however soon it ends, I might not live to see it. These … Continue reading

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Maine at War: A Conversation with Writer Brian Swartz (part three)

part three in a four-part series I’m talking this week with writer Brian Swartz about his excellent blog Maine at War. In yesterday’s segment, we talked about the connection people in Maine felt—or didn’t feel—to the war taking place so … Continue reading

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George Washington, “that cold, austere” hero

As the Army of the Potomac crept out of its defenses at Centreville following the battle of Bristoe Station, part of the army passed “not far from Mt. Vernon,” the home of George Washington. Northerners and Southerners alike laid claim to … Continue reading

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The Shared Ground of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness

Yesterday, I wrote of the Civil War Trust’s current focus on a tract of land it’s calling the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads, which saw troop movements during both battles. Separated by a year, the battles shared much of the same geography even … Continue reading

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