Tag Archives: John Sedgwick

Honoring Uncle John

I can’t let today pass without a tip of my hat to “Uncle John” Sedgwick, killed on this day in 1864 at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

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The Battle of Bank’s Ford and a Preview of Gettysburg

May 4, 1863, might have been one of the most frustrating days of the war for Robert E. Lee—no small bar considering some of his other frustrating days. But with the Federal Sixth Corps pinned against the Rappahannock River after … Continue reading

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With Sedgwick at Spotsylvania

Nothing like a monument dedication to spark some controversy. Subscribers to the National Tribune veterans’ newspaper or the Southern Historical Society Papers could expect a flurry of related articles immediately after a new monument appeared. John Watson Mauk, the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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The Night March into Fredericksburg, May 2-3, 1863

The orders made no sense. Their recipient lacked the creativity to make them work. The Union army dawdled as its commanders traded confused messages, while Lee and Jackson struck their masterpiece victory. To explain why Joseph Hooker’s Chancellorsville campaign failed, … Continue reading

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Remembering John Sedgwick

As I explained in a post back in 2015, I take time on May 9 each year to visit the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield and pay my respects to Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick. Sedgwick was killed at the battle by … Continue reading

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Visiting “Uncle John”

I first got to know John Sedgwick during the Chancellorsville campaign. Back in the early 2000-teens, Kris White and I were working on Chancellorsville’s Forgotten Front: The Battles of Second Fredericksburg and Salem Church. Sedgwick, as commander of the Federal … Continue reading

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Civil War, Chemistry, and Football?

Civil War battles are complex things.  When leading folks around a battlefield, I (as I’m sure all of you do) try to make complicated movements of thousands of men simple, and draw ideas from these places that they can relate … Continue reading

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Swelling the Ranks for Review

In mid-November 16, 1863, with Army of the Potomac commander George Meade in Washington to consultation with the president and War Department, it fell to VI Corps commander Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick to serve as the army’s temporary commander as it … Continue reading

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“On Many a Bloody Field”: The Forgotten Story of Daniel Davidson Bidwell

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Kevin Pawlak When I first became interested in the American Civil War at the age of 9, I was living in a small town in western New York sandwiched halfway between … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee and Certain Young Ladies

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Mike Block. On September 13, 1863, the Army of the Potomac, responding to the departure of General James Longstreet’s First Corps, Army of Northern Virginia to Tennessee, moved south and occupied … Continue reading

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