Tag Archives: Petersburg

Under Fire: Battlefield Guide Map for the Charge of the First Maine Heavy Artillery

The First Maine Heavy Artillery famously participated in the last desperate attempt in June 1864 to simply seize Petersburg by direct assault. Many incorrectly assume the battle was the first for these callups from the Washington defenses, though a Sesquicentennial … Continue reading

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The Key to Richmond

A New York private and two of his comrades carefully crept their way into Petersburg, Virginia on the morning of April 3, 1865. Separated from their regiment after the chaotic previous day, the trio could not resist the temptation to … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part two of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott (part two of two) Evidence of the amount of disorder the Union horsemen wreaked on the region’s citizens during the Wilson-Kautz Raid appears in numerous newspaper advertisements placed by individuals seeking to reclaim … Continue reading

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The Effects of the Wilson-Kautz Raid through Newspaper Advertisements (part one of two)

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott, director of education and interpretation at Pamplin Historical Park (part one of two) Slave trader E. H. Stokes placed an advertisement in the August 6, 1864, edition of the Richmond Daily Dispatch, … Continue reading

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The Crater Sent a Monster Home to Maine

ECW is pleased to welcome back Brian Swartz, author of the new Emerging Civil War Series book Passing Through the Fire: Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain in the Civil War. Brian adapted this post for us from a series of posts published … Continue reading

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Dying Far From Home: Pvt. Thomas Young, Co. A, 5th USCI

ECW is pleased to welcome back Tim Talbott African Americans in mid-nineteenth century America experienced the road to freedom differently. Some found the course short and straight. They claimed personal liberty as a right of birth by place or circumstance. … Continue reading

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Far Beyond the Sounds of Battle – Seattle, 1864

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Richard Heisler… In 1863, a person living in the fledgling northwest village of Seattle, Washington Territory, was about as removed from the ongoing Civil War as one could be as an American. Just 12 … Continue reading

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Recruiting The Regiment: The Petersburg Regiment, 12th Virginia Infantry

ECW welcomes John Horn The regiment’s core, known as the Petersburg Battalion, included five infantry companies:  the Petersburg City Guard; the Petersburg Old or ‘A’ Grays; the Petersburg New or ‘B’ Grays; the Lafayette Guards; and the Petersburg Riflemen. Only … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day One: Wednesday, June 15, 1864

On June 15 the Army of the Potomac began to cross the James River. It was an emotional moment. A. M. Judson of the 83rd Pennsylvania likened the army’s arrival at the James to Xenophon and his 10,000 Greeks reaching … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: 110 Acres at Three Battlefields

There’s hallowed ground to save at the battlefields of Mill Springs, Petersburg, and Bentonville, and American Battlefield Trust is working to preserve the total 110 acres at the three sites. According to the campaign page on their website, the preservation … Continue reading

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