Tag Archives: Mine Run

The Birthplace of Christmas-Day Bells

While we have a fantastic array of Civil War resources in the Fredericksburg area–including four major battlefields–an oft-overlooked part of our Civil War story ties into one of America’s best-known Christmas carols. The story all ties back to this little … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: The Great Battle Never Fought

Twice this week, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with podcasters about the Mine Run campaign. The campaign’s anniversary, if you missed it, as most people do, spanned the last few days of November, beginning November 26 and running through … Continue reading

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Payne’s Farm After Dark

November 27 marks the anniversary of the 1863 battle of Payne’s Farm, part of the Mine Run campaign. Elements of the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia, converging toward a wayside in the Virginia Wilderness known as … Continue reading

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BookChat with Adam Petty, Author of The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Adam Petty, The Battle of the Wilderness in Myth and Memory (LSU Press, 2019). I reviewed the booked for the spring 2020 edition of Louisiana State … Continue reading

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Opening the Mine Run Campaign at Germanna Ford and Creating a History of Our Own

Everything was brown: the barren trees, the fallen leaves, the river itself as it pushed between the high banks on either side. Even the crushed gravel of the path was somehow brown as it wound down the hillside from the … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: Fort Stevens

C-SPAN 3 has a ton of great content coming up on the next few days from Emerging Civil War and our sister site, Emerging Revolutionary War.

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ECW on C-SPAN3: Mine Run

The “forgotten battle” of Mine Run comes to C-SPAN 3’s “American History TV” this weekend—just in time for the anniversary of the campaign later this month! Chris Mackowski’s talk from the Sixth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, … Continue reading

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Podcast Additional Resources: “The Forgotten Fall, Part 2”

Did you catch last week’s podcast? Part 2 focusing on Autumn 1863, it delved into the history at Mine Run and discussed the “great battle never fought.” Today, we’ve rounded-up some sources from our archives to add to the conversation. … Continue reading

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The Evening Smoke and Armchair Generalling After Mine Run

On the evening of December 2, the Army of the Potomac settled back into its camps around Brandy Station and Culpeper, exactly where they’d departed from just a week earlier. The baffling—and frigid—events of the campaign weighed fresh on their … Continue reading

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From Lee’s Side of Mine Run

The story of Mine Run is generally remembered thus: The Army of the Potomac found themselves facing a strongly fortified Confederate position that was so formidable, George Gordon Meade declined to attack and, instead, retreated back to the far side … Continue reading

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