Tag Archives: Potomac River

Fortress Washington, Part II

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Steve T. Phan to continue his discussion of Fortress Washington. You can find his first post here. In the late afternoon of July 21, 1861, Captain Barton S. Alexander, U.S. Army Engineers, described … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 19, 1862

As the darkness descended on September 18, the Army of Northern Virginia began to stir, using its cover to slip away, back across the Potomac River. It brought as many of its wounded and supplies with it as it could, … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 4, 1862

On Thursday, September 4, 1862, the Maryland Campaign began in earnest. Confederate soldiers of Daniel Harvey Hill’s command rolled up their pant legs and plunged into the cold and waist deep waters of the Potomac River. Col. John Gordon’s 6th … Continue reading

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Modern Photography: Returning to Harpers Ferry

In April 2014, I took students on a trip to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry. I was so moved by my time in Harpers Ferry – by its physical beauty, the layers of history there, the way the town … Continue reading

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Rob and Bill and Blue & Gray

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the latest issue of Blue & Gray magazine. The featured story this issue, the Potomac blockade, was written by ECW’s Rob Orrison and BIll Backus. Rob—a regular contributor at ECW—and Bill are … Continue reading

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A Sharpshooter’s Postscript to Gettysburg, Part Two: No Rest for the Weary

Part two in a series. We welcome back guest author Robert M. Wilson. When Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia began its retreat from Gettysburg and the Army of the Potomac, under command of Maj. Gen. George G. … Continue reading

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Civil War Witch Hunt: George Gordon Meade, the Retreat from Gettysburg and the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Part three in a series In part two of this series, we examined the impact of the heavy losses sustained by the command structure of the Army of the Potomac on its ability to bring the Army of Northern Virginia … Continue reading

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