Tag Archives: Overland Campaign

What If James Longstreet Had Been at the North Anna River?

I’ve long maintained that James Longstreet’s wounding in the Wilderness had a bigger negative impact on the Army of Northern Virginia in the immediate moment than the wounding of Stonewall Jackson a year earlier at Chancellorsville. In fact, the wounding … Continue reading

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“This Surgeon Brought and Introduced Col. Chamberlain of Maine”

Special thanks to Brian Swartz for discussing the primary source quote with me and confirming that there should be a blog post about it! It had been a while since I’d seen a new Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain anecdote that I … Continue reading

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A Vermonter Plays “Arm Chair General”

In the early spring of 1864, Wilbur Fisk of the 2nd Vermont Regiment penned a letter for a local newspaper in his homestate, offering his views on what to do…if he controlled the war. A long time correspondent for publication, … Continue reading

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A Cold Harbor Sketch Says It All

Arthur McClellan, younger brother of the famous general, served on the staff for both John Sedgwick and Horatio Wright. I had previously expressed hope that his unpublished 1864 diary could fill in some of the major gaps in the Sixth … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/9-5/15/22

We usually talk about THE BEST, but let’s change it up… In your opinion, who was THE WORST leader/officer during the Overland Campaign? Why?

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The Absalom McGee Family: The Farm becomes a Cavalry Camp during the Overland Campaign

Part 2 The trials of the Absalom McGee Family did not end in 1863 with the battle of Chancellorsville. While Frances and the children tried to put their home back together, Absalom had trailed the retreating Federal army, seeking safety … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Help Preserve Todd’s Tavern

At the intersection of Brock Road and Catharpin Road, Todd’s Tavern deteriorating buildings marked a point between The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The location witnessed military movements during the Civil War and actual fighting during … Continue reading

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February 2022 Maine at War posts

In February 2022 my Maine at War blog examined topics ranging from a cavalry trooper who would not quit to loyal Unionists suddenly trapped behind enemy lines in the Lone Star State. 

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Hurricane from the Heavens

by Daniel T. Davis Phill Greenwalt and I were riding the wave of Bloody Autumn when we embarked on Hurricane from the Heavens, a narrative encompassing the Battle of Cold Harbor. It was great to work with Phill again and … Continue reading

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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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