Tag Archives: Oliver Otis Howard

Chief Joseph: If not for Howard, “there would have been no war”

My favorite description of Oliver Otis Howard comes from historian Frank O’Reilly, who has called him “pious but vapid.” After the twin disasters that befell Howard’s Eleventh Corps at Chancellorsville and then, two months later, at Gettysburg, it’s always been … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Moritz Tavern

Part of a Series. Just north of the Mason-Dixon Line stands the location of Moritz Tavern. This tavern, today the home of an auto salvage yard, is where Union Left Wing commander Major General John F. Reynolds spent the last … Continue reading

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Striking out from Savannah: Uncle Billy Moves North

At the conclusion of the “March to the Sea”, Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s  armies spent Christmas 1864 in and around Savannah, Georgia. While his men were enjoying a hard earned rest, “Uncle Billy” was busy planning his next maneuver. Exchanging … Continue reading

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Howard on the Hill

For all the flak he gets, Oliver Otis Howard still cuts a striking figure on Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg.

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“A Common Despair”—The Slaughter of Pickett’s Mill

The experience of combat was something many veterans wished to forget. For the Union soldiers that experienced the fighting in the Hell Hole, this would be particularly true—especially the unfortunate ones who were involved in the battle of Pickett’s Mill. … Continue reading

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Drawing the War, Part 6: Paul Philippoteaux

Part six in a series. The original inspiration for this series of articles was a piece Chris Mackowski wrote earlier for ECW about his daughter and a picture by nineteenth century artist Paul Philippoteaux. The article made me think, again, about how … Continue reading

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Reynolds Reconsidered

The question that has always lingered in my mind, Was John Reynolds a great corps commander? Major General John Fulton Reynolds reputation as corps commander has always baffled me as an historian. He was only really tested once as a … Continue reading

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