Tag Archives: North Anna

A Poor Southern Yarn and the What-Ifs of North Anna

My grandmother always told me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” That’s been some pretty good advice. I’ve learned to often employ strategic silence. While such silence is generally golden, on occasion, it … Continue reading

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What if Longstreet hadn’t been wounded in the Wilderness?

On May 7, 1864, Robert E. Lee made one of his most critical decisions of the entire Overland Campaign: who to promote to take the place of his wounded Old Warhorse, James Longstreet. Longstreet was caught in the middle of … Continue reading

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“One of those incidents characteristic of war,” along the North Anna

I’ve been finalizing this week the much-delayed updates to Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River. (Finally! You’re welcome to read about my woes with the book here.) “The North Anna is an exceedingly picturesque river, abounding … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Facebook LIVE Along the North Anna

Join ECW historians Bert Dunkerly and Chris Mackowski for a Facebook LIVE history chat from the Jericho Mills battlefield along the North Anna River. Bert is a ranger with Richmond National Battlefield, which is hosting the event, and ECW has … Continue reading

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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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