Tag Archives: Phil Sheridan

Book Review: Six Days of Awful Fighting by Eric Wittenberg

In his newest book, Eric Wittenberg has turned his prolific pen to a topic that has been unfortunately overlooked: the cavalry operations around Richmond during the 1864 Overland Campaign. Gordon Rhea gave the subject some much-needed attention in his book … Continue reading

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Sheridan and the Franco-Prussian War

150 years ago this month, the Franco-Prussian War broke out. By early September the Prussian/German forces had smashed two French armies, captured Emperor Napoleon III, and were marching to Paris to lay siege to the city. When the war ended … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change (Part Five)

(part five in a series) Having established the backdrop for the meat of this discussion, we can now examine the actual impact of technological advances upon battlefield tactics for cavalry in the Civil War.

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Race Outta Richmond: Meadow Bridge Battle Map

This past weekend I tried following the path of the Union cavalry raid on Richmond during the Overland Campaign. I forgot that the Richmond Raceway was hosting the Toyota Owners 400 Nascar race and found myself stuck in traffic on … Continue reading

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The ’64 Valley Campaign: Solidifying Lincoln’s Election but Not a Turning Point

In the midst of our ongoing ‘Turning Points’ discussion last week, someone asked me last week if I thought Sheridan’s 1864 Valley Campaign was a turning point. I gave this very question a lot of thought when Phill Greenwalt and … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant and “The Babies”

My wife recently sent to me a photo of our six-month-old son with his foot in his mouth. That’s a feat I, in adulthood, occasionally still pull off, although in a less envious way and with more embarrassment. However, for … Continue reading

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“The only chance the Army of Northern Virginia had to save itself” – Jetersville, April 5, 1865

On the morning of April 5th, Maj. Gen. William Pendleton set out to destroy the artillery surplus munitions and cannon of the Army of Northern Virginia. The artillery supplies were sent to Amelia Courthouse from Richmond earlier that spring. Now … Continue reading

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The Downfall of a Federal Corps Commander: Warren-Sheridan and the Five Forks Controversy: Part Three

Part Three in a Series.  On March 25, 1865 Robert E. Lee launched his last true offensive of the war, and in reality the only true offensive he undertook during the Siege of Petersburg. The Battle of Fort Stedman placed … Continue reading

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“I regret that fate thrust such a duty upon me…” Mosby, Custer and the Black Flag in the Shenandoah Valley Part II

part two of two Since the execution of Mosby Ranger Albert Willis at Flint Hill on October 14, 1864, Mosby sought revenge for what he considered to be the unlawful execution of seven of his men.   Though he was not … Continue reading

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A Hard-Earned Victory

Today we welcome back guest author Gordy Morgan. Gordy hails from the Youngstown, Ohio area. He is a life-long history buff who became intensely interested in the Civil War during the Glory/Ken Burns The Civil War era. He is editor … Continue reading

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