Tag Archives: Overland Campaign

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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Grant, the Wilderness, and the Loneliness of Command

On the evening of May 6, 1864, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant considered the day’s events. The Battle of the Wilderness had just ended its second day, and Grant’s forces had been  beaten and battered in a way he’d never seen. … Continue reading

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A Brief Observation on the Army of the Potomac’s Winter Encampment in Stafford County

Recently, I came across a letter written by James Christiancy. Christiancy began the war as an officer in the 17th Michigan Infantry before he transferred to the 9th Michigan Cavalry. After the Gettysburg Campaign, he joined Brig. Gen. George A. … Continue reading

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Thomas Nast from the North Anna River: “On to Richmond”

One of my favorite images of the Civil War comes from the June 18, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly. The image, by Thomas Nast, is titled “The Campaign in Virginia—“On to Richmond!” and it accompanied the paper’s coverage of the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/4-4/10/16

Here’s another QotW from Phill Greenwalt: Lee supposedly said, “If he [Grant] gets there [James River] it will become a siege and then it will be a mere question of time.” Do you agree with this sentiment or did Lee … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Hell Itself

One of the most anticipated volumes in the Emerging Civil War Series is finally on its way. Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness completes a cycle of Savas Beatie books that includes A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of … Continue reading

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Mackowski’s New “Strike Them a Blow” Looks at the Overlooked Phase of the Overland Campaign

by ECW Correspondent Pat Tintle The Emerging Civil War Series has covered well-known events such as Gettysburg and Appomattox, but for the latest volume, author Chris Mackowski has turned the series’ focus toward a battle not found in all U.S. History … Continue reading

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Grant: “I should change Spotts if I was able, and could improve N. Anna and Cold Harbor.”

Cold Harbor remains a central lynchpin in anti-Grant mythology and a fascinating story in its own right. On June 3, 1864, alone, Grant lost nearly 4,000 men in a half an hour as the result of a single fruitless charge. … Continue reading

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War’s End: Remembering a Cavalry Captain

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Sarah Kay Bierle Your brother, Captain Hugh McGuire is wounded. The message branded itself into Dr. Hunter McGuire’s mind while dread twisted like a tourniquet around his heart. The situation he had … Continue reading

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James Longstreet’s Forget-Me-Nots

James Longstreet is having a quiet day—quieter than the day had had 151 years ago, that’s for sure. On May 6, 1864, the Wilderness boiled around him with battle. In the midst of all that, Robert E. Lee’s “Old Warhorse” took a … Continue reading

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