Tag Archives: Kelly’s Ford

The Union Cavalry Comes of Age Returns

I am often asked what’s my favorite of my various books. Inevitably, I answer, “That’s not fair. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite toe.” I wouldn’t undertake the cost, time, or effort to write books if I didn’t … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station

Part two in a series The first week of June 1863 saw Gen. Robert E. Lee begin to withdraw his infantry from their lines at Fredericksburg and head west toward the Shenandoah Valley. Lee was embarking on his second invasion … Continue reading

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“The Particulars of Col. Sillers Death”

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Mike Block It is often the sad duty of the officer in charge of a unit the burden of sending a note or letter home documenting the last moments of a … Continue reading

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“We went and staid too”

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Mike Block “Skirmishers play a most important part, whose importance is every day increasing with the improvements in small arms. They are employed in large bodies to attack a post or … Continue reading

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“Using…Superlatives Not Found in Military Tactics or Church Catechism”: Berdan’s Sharpshooters at Kelly’s Ford

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Mike Block In the fall of 1863, Berdan’s Sharpshooters were respected on both sides of the field. There initial purpose being to “bring together the best marksmen possible of the North, … Continue reading

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Empathy for the Enemy

While researching this week at the University of Virginia I found a highly valuable resource in the letters of Adjutant Joseph Tatnall Lea, who served on the staff of Colonel Regis de Trobriand in the Autumn of 1863. Lea wrote … Continue reading

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A Challenge Answered: The Battle of Kelly’s Ford, March 17, 1863

William Woods Averell was usually considered an even-tempered individual. However, in the opening weeks of March, 1863 his blood had been brought to a boil. This mild mannered New Yorker, whose great grandfather had signed the Declaration of Independence, had … Continue reading

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