Tag Archives: Joseph Mansfield

Fortress Washington, Part II

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Steve T. Phan to continue his discussion of Fortress Washington. You can find his first post here. In the late afternoon of July 21, 1861, Captain Barton S. Alexander, U.S. Army Engineers, described … Continue reading

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Chambersburg Seminar Review

This past weekend I spoke at the Ed Bearss Civil War Seminar in Chambersburg. This is part of a series of events coordinated by Ted Alexander and the Chambersburg (Pa)  Chamber of Commerce. More info is here: http://civilwarseminars.org/. For those … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: “Incessantly By Day, But With Alacrity, Our Troops Piled the Pick and Shovel”

Shortly after reveille on April 7, 1846, American soldiers with shovels and pickaxes began construction of a permanent installation on the north side of the contested Rio Grande. Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor, commanding the force sent the previous month from … Continue reading

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The Fallen Generals of Antietam

On September 17, 1862, outside the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland, and along the banks of Antietam Creek, Union and Confederate soldiers fought, bled, and died. That early autumn day is still the bloodiest single day—with 23,000 Americans as casualties—in American … Continue reading

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