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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 13, 1862

This Saturday began with the cracking of rifle fire atop Elk Ridge. From behind their breastwork, the Federals made Kershaw’s South Carolinians pay for every step they took. The combined weight of Kershaw and his reinforcements under William Barksdale and … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 12, 1862

George B. McClellan’s short marches stood in stark contrast to his plans for September 12. Armed with information of the Confederate abandonment of Frederick, he ordered his troops to converge closer to the hub city of central Maryland. Jesse Reno’s … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 11, 1862

The Union Army’s prize this day was the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, a high, isolated peak south of Frederick that presented its occupiers with a commanding view of the surrounding country, and of the enemy’s movements. Unfortunately for the Federals, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 9/11-9/17/17

We’re enjoying Kevin Pawlak’s collection of primary sources related to the 1862 Maryland Campaign. So…we had to ask: What’s your all-time favorite primary source from the Civil War? Why?

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 10, 1862

Sounds of tramping feet and creaking wheels alerted the citizens of Frederick before the sun rose on September 10 that the picture of the campaign was changing. By peeking out their windows, one could clearly discern thousands of Confederate soldiers … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 9, 1862

The pace of the campaign began to pick up on September 9. Robert E. Lee, hopeful that the Federal garrisons in the lower Shenandoah Valley, realized that he would have to nudge them away from his supply line. Accordingly, Lee … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 8, 1862

The Army of the Potomac continued spreading out along the roads of western Maryland, fanning out in several different columns to protect Baltimore, Washington, and the Potomac River crossings. George B. McClellan believed correctly that despite the “vague and conflicting” … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign–September 7, 1862

The gathering Confederate army resting along the Monocacy River outside of Frederick used Sunday, September 7 to relax peacefully in their new camps, preparing for the next campaign. Robert E. Lee believed his army safely ensconced in western Maryland, with … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 6, 1862

By the end of September 6, the rest of the Army of Northern Virginia waded across the Potomac River, marching towards Frederick. While the tail end of Lee’s army remained, for the moment, near the Potomac shore, its vanguard under … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 5, 1862

While Confederate soldiers under “Stonewall” Jackson’s command poured across the Potomac River, Federal forces inside Washington’s fortifications continued to sort themselves out. President Lincoln met Ambrose Burnside this morning, offering him command of the army tasked with marching into Maryland … Continue reading

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