Tag Archives: Richard Ewell

Second Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened the Door to Gettysburg

Eric Wittenberg described his latest publishing project, co-written by Scott Mingus, as “thorough.” And the extensive research that went into the book—not to mention its 500-page duration—is proof of that. The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory that Opened … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part four)

Part four of a series Some people suggested using slaves to fight from the very beginning of the war. However, the overwhelming fear was of slave insurrection. The John Brown raid was less than two years before the Civil War … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Benner’s Hill

Part of a Series. Just east of Gettysburg sits Benner’s Hill, a 454 foot high prominence that overlooks the town of Gettysburg. At the base of this prominence runs Rock Creek, a barrier between the hill, town, and for the … Continue reading

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Distracted

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Mike Block Distracted. I don’t believe the words “Stonewall Jackson” and “distracted” have been used in the same sentence. So, it might come as a surprise when I state that Stonewall Jackson … Continue reading

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Captain John Hanson McNeill and the McNeill Rangers: Rebel Strike Force Supreme

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Richard Chapman When discussing great Confederate independent cavalry raiders in the Civil War, it seems that they have three parts to their name: General John Hunt Morgan, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, and … 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 four in a series In part three of this series, we examined the question of how George G. Meade’s operational orders and the logistical challenges forged by the atrocious weather affected the Army of the Potomac’s pursuit of the … Continue reading

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The Bag Was Tied: The 146th New York in Saunders Field

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub It would seem appropriate that, as the last post centered on the men who charged across Saunders Field 151 years ago today, to write of their participation in that fight. Of … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: Jones Artillery Line

Part of a Series. Tucked between two housing plans are a few Civil War cannon. They represent Lieutenant Colonel Hilary Jones’ Confederate artillery line on the July 1st battlefield. Jones was the chief of divisional artillery for Major General Jubal … Continue reading

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An Elusive Doctor at Gettysburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sarah Kay Bierle. Generals oversee battles. Soldiers fight. Civilians hide. Surgeons amputate. What does a medical director do during a battle? More specifically: what did Dr. Hunter McGuire do at Gettysburg? … Continue reading

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Unknown Flag of Gettysburg

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub On July 1st, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. As the forces of both armies converged on the sleepy Pennsylvania town that Wednesday morning, each regiment carried with them … Continue reading

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