Tag Archives: Robert E. Lee

Petersburg Day Three: Friday, June 17, 1864 

George Meade’s June 17 battle plan conformed to Francis Barlow’s suggestion for a flank attack. The proposed attack would be carried out by Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, namely the divisions led by Robert Potter and James H. Ledlie. Potter had … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day Two: Thursday, June 16, 1864

On the night of June 15, P.G.T. Beauregard sent Robert E. Lee a letter, which was received at 2:00 a.m., explaining the situation and asking him to cover the Howlett Line. Unfortunately, the letter failed to convey the desperation of … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part IV

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II and Part III Forgotten Victories Grant wrote to Halleck on May 26 stating “Lee’s army is really whipped.”[1] He found that Lee was unable to attack his positions at North Anna and believed … Continue reading

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Stolen War Department Marker Recovered at Antietam

Emerging Civil War welcomes guest author Matthew Chilton… On February 22, 2021, I noticed a familiar  item – seemingly a ca. 1890’s War Department directional marker –  was being advertised for an upcoming estate sale at a local auction in … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part III

Part of a Series – Part I and Part II The Center of Gravity Lies at Ox Ford Ulysses Grant suffered terrible casualties in the fighting around Spotsylvania Courthouse, and his periphery strategy failed. General Franz Sigel retreated from the … Continue reading

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A Comprehensive View of the Overland Campaign, Part II

Part of a Series Through sanguine fighting at the Battle of the Wilderness, the Army of the Potomac had just won a strategic victory against their longtime nemesis, the Army of Northern Virginia.  After Ulysses Grant took the initiative from … Continue reading

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Lee and Jackson vs. the United States

Indulge me for a moment as I think out loud. I don’t have an answer to the question I’m about to pose, so I don’t have a position to state. I’m more interested in the conversation than the conclusion. A … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN 3: “Lee’s Greatest Victory, Lee’s Greatest Defeat” by Kris White

We told you a couple weeks ago about the top-secret online symposium ECW was pulling together as a bonus for. If you missed details, there’s a preview below. All the segments will be going up on the ECW YouTube page … Continue reading

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Seidule’s Thesis on Lee: Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause

I recently had the chance to read Ty Seidule’s new book Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause. As a Southerner, Seidule grew up in the shadow of Arlington Manor, immersed in … Continue reading

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Henry Adams on Rooney Lee

As the grandson and great-grandson of American presidents, Henry Brooks Adams came from one of the most distinguished of all New England families. Yet, as a student at Harvard University from 1854-8, this scion of the Yankee-est of all Yankee … Continue reading

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