Tag Archives: Robert E. Lee

Antietam: A Tactical Union Victory

The Battle of Antietam was a key turning point in the American Civil War and American history. In short, it turned back Robert E. Lee’s first campaign north of the Potomac River and led to the issuance of the Preliminary—and … Continue reading

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A Vignette: General R. E. Lee, Wine, Whiskey . . . and Buttermilk?!

It may sound odd, but laughter is an essential element in the military. Of course, during the Civil War just like now, there existed various senses of humor. Some senior officers were definitely known for being grumpy pants while others … Continue reading

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The Anti-Lee: George Henry Thomas, Southerner in Blue

ECW welcomes guest author Kenly Stewart On August 21, 1831, a reckoning fell upon Southampton County, Virginia. Nat Turner, an enslaved preacher turned prophet and zealot, led one of the largest and deadliest slave rebellions in American history. Years of … Continue reading

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A Chronology of the Confederacy’s 1862 Counterstrokes

Several months ago, I crossed an item off my Civil War bucket list: visiting the Perryville battlefield. While at the visitor center, I watched a video which put the Confederate invasion of Kentucky into the larger context of the war. … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day Three: Friday, June 17, 1864 

George Meade’s June 17 battle plan conformed to Francis Barlow’s suggestion for hitting the flank. 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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