Tag Archives: Joseph E. Johnston

Chasing Uncle Billy: Breaching the Line of the Salkahatchie River (part one)

(part one of two) My friend and co-author Wade Sokolosky and I just spent the last three days chasing William T. Sherman’s march through South Carolina and part of North Carolina. Along the way, we both saw things we had … Continue reading

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Change is in the wind

Army of Tennessee, General Orders No. 1: July 18, 1864. Soldiers of the Army of Tennessee: “Strap in. Things are going to change!” Signed, Gen. John B. Hood, Commanding. With those stirring words, the burden of command of the Confederacy’s … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/24-6/30/19

During the Atlanta Campaign, Jefferson Davis replaced General Joseph E. Johnston – appointing General John B. Hood to command the Confederate defense. In your opinion, was Hood the best choice? Or who would you have placed in command?

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The “Crime” at Pickett’s Mill

…and we have to pass over the dead Yanks of the battle field of yesterday; and here I beheld that which I cannot describe; and which I hope never to see again, dead men meet the eye in every direction, … Continue reading

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Mistake or Cover Up? Seven Pines, May 31, 1862

In late May 1862 George McClellan’s massive army was at the outskirts of Richmond, trying to move a few miles closer to the city so it could employ its massive siege guns. Confederate commander Joseph E. Johnston was desperately searching … Continue reading

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Malvern Hill: A Victory With The Look And Feel Of Defeat

ECW welcomes back guest author Rob Wilson “I have supped full with horrors. Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts Cannot once start me.” — William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5, Line 13-15 The Army of the Potomac emerged the clear … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/22-5/29/17

During the defense of Richmond/Peninsula Campaign of 1862, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston was wounded. General Robert E. Lee took his place as army commander to defend Richmond from McClellan’s Union Army. In your opinion, was there another Confederate general who … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee and John B. Hood: A Complicated Relationship

Robert E. Lee didn’t want John Bell Hood promoted to command a Confederate army, but once Hood had been, Lee didn’t want him to fail. Possible evidence hinges on a little-known command decision made by Lee and the War Department … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Resaca, on the Occasion of the Opening of the New Battlefield Park

During this past weekend (May 13-15), the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site has formally opened with much pageantry—and great weather! [NOTE: See Michael K. Shaffer’s Sunday post for details.] See my feature article on Resaca in Blue & Gray’s Summer 2015 … Continue reading

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Duelin’ Dalton

The above picture is of the statue of “Uncle Joe” Joseph E. Johnston, of the Army of Tennessee, in downtown Dalton, Georgia. When I visited it two weeks ago I found the site much less cluttered than when I took … Continue reading

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