Tag Archives: North Anna

A Walk Around the Fox House at North Anna

On this date, May 23, in 1864, Ulysses S. Grant rudely interrupted an afternoon glass of buttermilk Robert E. Lee was enjoying on the porch of the Fox house, just south of the North Anna River. By the end of … Continue reading

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“Down Fame’s Ladder”: Brigadier General Thomas W. Egan’s Unending War

Major General Winfield Scott Hancock gave glowing praise of the Third Division’s 1st Brigade and its commander, 29-year-old Colonel Thomas W. Egan, in his report following the Battle of North Anna on May 23, 1864. “Egan’s brigade, led gallantly by … Continue reading

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A Recap of the Overland Campaign’s 155th

One hundred fifty-five years ago, Ulysses S. Grant sat on the doorstep of Richmond, trying to figure out his next step now that Robert E. Lee had stymied him once again. The Overland Campaign was about to shift into a … Continue reading

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These Men I Feel I Know, a Little, at Ox Ford

To the west, the sounds of industry clank and crunch through the forest. The insistent warning of a backing-up truck beep-beep-beeps in discordant competition. The gravel pit, nestled up to the edge of North Anna Battlefield Park, does not rest … Continue reading

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The Fox House at the North Anna River

On May 23, 1864–155 years ago today–Robert E. Lee sat on the porch of Rev. Thomas Fox’s home, drinking a glass of buttermilk, when Federals appeared on the north bank of the North Anna River a half a mile to … Continue reading

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The Most Overlooked Phase of the Overland Campaign

I often wonder what motivates people to buy the Civil War books they do. Are they interested in learning something? Being entertained? Both? Do they want to hear their favorite story told one more time, maybe in a new way? … Continue reading

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Chris Mackowski: Revisiting the North Anna River

So, I’m speaking at the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge in August, where we’re focusing on “Great Defenses of the Civil War,” and my topic is the Confederate defense along the North Anna River. I’m supposed … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Chris Mackowski

Perhaps the perfect Confederate defense in Virginia materialized overnight from May 23 to 24, 1864, along the south bank of the North Anna River. That “Great Defense” will be Chris Mackowski’s topic at the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium … Continue reading

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A Word on Behalf of Preservation from the Banks of the North Anna

On the evening of May 26, the Army of the Potomac pulled away from the North Anna River. With a feint to the west, the army juked back east and swung across the Pamunkey toward the Totopotomoy. Before we leave … Continue reading

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Among the Ruins at Jericho Mill

As a volunteer at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, I had the privilege this week  to join an NPS site visit to Jericho Mills on the North Anna battlefield. The property still belongs to the Civil War Trust, although it will eventually be … Continue reading

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