Tag Archives: Overland Campaign

Fighting on the Same Ground: The 10th New York Infantry at Gaines’s Mill and Cold Harbor

Civil War soldiers oftentimes found themselves marching and fighting on the same battlefield multiple times. Veteran members of the 10th New York Infantry have a distinction of attacking the exact spot they had defended two years prior, both times as … Continue reading

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Grant’s Left Hook by Sean Michael Chick Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the release of the latest book in the Emerging Civil War Series: Grant’s Left Hook: The Bermuda Hundred Campaign, May 5-June 7, 1864, by Sean Michael Chick, published by Savas Beatie (and available here). This is … Continue reading

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From the Chickahominy to the James: June 4-14, 1864

In the aftermath of Cold Harbor, the armies led by Robert E. Lee and George Meade were at a strategic stalemate less than twenty miles from Richmond. The advantage though was to the Confederates. Lee still held Richmond and his … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part IV

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II and Part III Forgotten Victories Grant wrote to Halleck on May 26 stating “Lee’s army is really whipped.”[1] He found that Lee was unable to attack his positions at North Anna and believed … Continue reading

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Myths and Misconceptions of Cold Harbor

There are certain battles which have a lot of misconceptions attached to them. Perhaps one of the most myth-shrouded battles is the 1864 Cold Harbor engagement near Richmond. Part of the Overland Campaign, it was at the tail end of … Continue reading

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Preservation Setback at the Haw’s Shop Battlefield

In a February 2019 testimony before a congressional subcommittee, American Battlefield Trust president Jim Lighthizer warned that “in the next decade, most unprotected battlefield land will be either developed or destroyed.” Sadly, just over a year later his prediction has … Continue reading

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Free ECW Podcast: The Overland Campaign

Chris Mackowski and Nathan Provost have a wide-ranging conversation about the Overland Campaign, which was in full swing 157 years ago this month. Listen for free via Patreon!

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part III

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II The Center of Gravity Lies at Ox Ford Ulysses Grant suffered terrible casualties in the fighting around Spotsylvania Courthouse, and his periphery strategy failed. General Franz Sigel retreated from the … Continue reading

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Stumped at Spotsy?

What does this cement block have to do with the battle of the Mule Shoe at Spotsylvania Court House? Spotsy Stump marker

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ECW’S Overland Campaign on YouTube

Don’t forget, ECW has a ton of material on our YouTube page about the Overland Campaign. Check out our “Overland Campaign” playlist, with more than twenty-five videos. You’ll find something for just about every day of the campaign as it … Continue reading

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