Tag Archives: retreat from Gettysburg

Halleck and Meade in the Days After Gettysburg

Making fun of Henry Halleck is almost a cottage industry unto itself. For instance, when I mention him in talks, I tend to point out that he looks like he spent the night on a park bench before shuffling into … Continue reading

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Meade: “A Great Deal Too Much Fuss”

On the afternoon of July 7, 1863, George Gordon Meade arrived in Frederick, Maryland, as his army marched in pursuit of the retreating Army of Northern Virginia. Word of his major victory at Gettysburg had already circulated widely, and Meade … Continue reading

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Soldiers of Gettysburg: Christopher Swann, Powhatan Light Artillery

His name was Christopher Swann, and he was a private in the Powhatan Light Artillery. Wounded at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, Swann became a prisoner.

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The Heroics of Capt. John Woodward, 1st Vermont Cavalry

On March 2, 1863, fifty-nine troopers of the 1st Vermont Cavalry trotted into Aldie and stopped at the village’s prominent mill to rest. Suddenly and unexpectedly, two Vermont scouts on the northwest end of town stumbled into an advancing force … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Monterey Pass Battlefield Park

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author John A. Miller of the Friends of the Monterey Pass Battlefield, Inc. The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park is a 120 acre park that commemorates Pennsylvania’s second largest Civil War battle, and the only … Continue reading

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Falling Waters: The Death of Maj. Peter Weber

On July 3, 1863 Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick recklessly ordered one of his brigade commanders, Brig. Gen. Elon Farnsworth, to attack a Confederate position near the southern end of the Gettysburg battlefield. The ground over which Farnsworth had to traverse was … Continue reading

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