Tag Archives: Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Symposium Spotlight: The Battle of Ball’s Bluff

reporting by ECW Correspondent Jessica Goetz “You will never have a complete story,” says Jim Morgan. That’s his take on the Civil War in general and on the battle of Ball’s Bluff, in particular. Jim, author of A Little Short … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Jim Morgan

This week the Symposium Spotlight shines on Jim Morgan. Mr. Morgan’s study of the battle of Ball’s Bluff in the fall of 1861 has been widely recognized as the definitive work on the battle and it’s campaign since its release. … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Desert War II

A charismatic general fights for an extended period in one theater against the same force under a succession of generals. Despite being outnumbered and often under-supplied, he manages to win a series of spectacular victories that capture the world’s attention … Continue reading

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Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part five in a series In the previous installment, we examined George Gordon Meade’s decision to defer an all-out assault along the lines at Williamsport for a day, instead of following his own aggressive instincts. Instead, he listened to the … Continue reading

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Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part three in a series In part two of this series, we examined the impact of the heavy losses sustained by the command structure of the Army of the Potomac on its ability to bring the Army of Northern Virginia … Continue reading

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An Enduring Controversy: The Pipe Creek Circular and the Battle of Gettysburg

Part Two In part one of this two-part series, we examined the content of the Pipe Creek Circular, and we also looked at the Pipe Creek Line itself. In this, the second part, we will examine the controversy created by … Continue reading

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“If You Have Any Orders to Give Me, I am Prepared to Receive and Obey Them”: The Command Struggles of Gen. George Meade, September 1863-March 1864 (part II)

The second in a two-part series During the Bristoe Station Campaign, George Gordon Meade believed that Lee had been the superior general. “I am free to admit that in the playing of it he has got the advantage of me,” … Continue reading

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Ball’s Bluff and the Fall of Charles Stone

Second in a series When Union forces tumbled into the Potomac River on the evening of October 21, 1861 following their rout at Ball’s Bluff, the disaster was just beginning. The ripples from that plunge would be felt all the way … Continue reading

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One of the Smallest–and Most Significant–Battles of the War

Once bodies started floating down the Potomac past Washington, it was tough for officials in the capital to overlook the battle at Ball’s Bluff. It was bad enough that the Union forces there had been soundly trounced. Of the 1,700 … Continue reading

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