Tag Archives: Overland Campaign

Continuous Contact: Grant’s Tactical Doctrine in the Eastern Theater

ECW welcomes back guest author Nathan Provost “In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten. Then he who continues the attack wins.”[1] This quote by Ulysses Grant, general-in-chief of Federal forces, signifies the grand tactic … Continue reading

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“From Son & Brother, The Soldier Boy”: Crossing The James River, Heading For Petersburg

In June 1864, the armies gathered at Petersburg, Virginia. For campaign or battle anniversaries, I enjoy finding primary sources or battle reports that I haven’t seen or explore before. Last night—while procrastinating on my current events and Civil War history … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunities in the Race to the North Anna

On the evening of May 20, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant sent Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps south from Spotsylvania Court House to Massaponnax Church, with orders to march onward toward Bowling Green, Milford Station, and—if Hancock thought he could make … Continue reading

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Tracing the Overland Campaign

Last year, to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Overland Campaign, ECW did a number of video projects tracing the movement of the armies from the Rapidan River down to Cold Harbor. Some of those projects appeared on the ECW … Continue reading

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Antietam: The End of the Overland Campaign…of 1862

  An unknown Confederate soldier lies dead next to the recent grave of Lt. John A. Clark, 7th Michigan Infantry The Battle of Antietam signaled the end of the Civil War’s first Overland Campaign. That’s an intriguing thought. The first … Continue reading

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A Lost Opportunity: Fort Harrison

During the summer of 1864, Union General U. S. Grant made several attempts to break Lee’s lines by attacking both sides of the James River, hoping to stretch the Confederates to the breaking point. In July, he sent troops to … Continue reading

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The New Market Campaign Timeline – Expanded

These resources are a companion to my upcoming presentation at the Symposium this morning. Instead of confining the New Market Campaign to just the Shenandoah Valley, we need to understand it with all it’s “lesser known” actions and how this … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/10-6/16/19

In your opinion, what’s the key primary source or primary source quote for understanding the Overland Campaign?

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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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Music on the Spotsylvania Earthworks

By May 11, Ulysses S. Grant’s Virginia campaign had been underway for one week. The men of both armies went through the blazing inferno of the Wilderness only to find themselves now huddled behind substantial earthworks ringing the landscape around … Continue reading

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