Tag Archives: Robert E. Lee

Statues of Stonewall: Charlottesville 2017

Perhaps you remember this image from my “Statues of StonewallStatues of Stonewall” series: the Stonewall Jackson monument in Charlottesville, Virginia. On August 12, a white supremacist rally in the city—organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. … Continue reading

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Help Protect More Ground at Appomattox

Our friends at the Civil War Trust pass along this news of an active preservation campaign to help preserve seventy-four acres of ground at Appomattox Court House. This latest announcement comes to us from Trust President Jim Lighthizer. Continue reading … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 13, 1862

This Saturday began with the cracking of rifle fire atop Elk Ridge. From behind their breastwork, the Federals made Kershaw’s South Carolinians pay for every step they took. The combined weight of Kershaw and his reinforcements under William Barksdale and … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Storming of Chapultepec

The American artillery roared. Mortars thumped, arcing shells over the castle’s walls. As a heavy cloud of smoke formed around the muzzles of the cannon and mortars, Winfield Scott kept a close eye on the shelling’s effect. Scott’s target was … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 8, 1862

The Army of the Potomac continued spreading out along the roads of western Maryland, fanning out in several different columns to protect Baltimore, Washington, and the Potomac River crossings. George B. McClellan believed correctly that despite the “vague and conflicting” … Continue reading

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With Lee in Leesburg: Harrison Hall

On the night of September 5, 1862 a lot must have been going through Lee’s mind as he went to bed in the home of Henry and Jane Harrison in Leesburg. A few days before he informed Confederate President Davis … Continue reading

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Voices of the Maryland Campaign: September 3, 1862

Ninety days ago, George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac sat within earshot of Richmond’s tolling church bells.  Now, by early September, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia camped within a day’s march of Washington City’s defenses.  Lee and … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Death of An Assassin: The True Story of the German Murderer Who Died Defending Robert E. Lee”

Throughout his career as a soldier, Robert E. Lee commanded tens of thousands of men in combat, and thousands died for him. If one starts with Lee’s first combat duty in the Mexican War during the 1840s, a question arises: … Continue reading

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A Monumental Discussion: Meg Groeling

I have written several versions of an essay on my feelings concerning the issue of the removal of Confederate monuments and statues, and I am never satisfied that I have expressed myself well, or even accurately. My words sometimes fail … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Contreras (Padierna)

Thousands of years ago, the Xitle volcano exploded, spraying lava across the valley floor. That lava cooled to hard rocks with jagged edges in what came to be known as the Pedregal—translated to English as the Rocky Gardens. The Pedregal … Continue reading

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