Tag Archives: Robert E. Lee

Stonewall and the Chindit II: Unfinished Adventure Stories

In my last post, I compared and contrasted Generals Stonewall Jackson and Orde Wingate. I then closed with a question: Why are these men objects of such interest and fascination?           There are two main reasons, and they … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861–Part I

The 1861 Western Virginia Campaigns are a fascinating but vastly overlooked piece of Civil War campaign history.  Like many battles fought in that first year, they pale in size when stood up next to Antietam, Gettysburg, or Vicksburg.  The battles … Continue reading

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A Sharpshooter’s Postscript to Gettysburg, Part Two: No Rest for the Weary

Part two in a series. We welcome back guest author Robert M. Wilson. When Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia began its retreat from Gettysburg and the Army of the Potomac, under command of Maj. Gen. George G. … Continue reading

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A Sharpshooter’s Postscript to Gettysburg, Part One: The Aftermath of Gettysburg

Part of a series. Today we welcome Robert (Rob) Wilson, M.Ed., lives in Western Massachusetts and works as a part-time consultant for the National Park Service at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, MA. He recently retired from … Continue reading

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A Father’s Influence

They crunched along the snow-covered path, enjoying the crisp air and companionship. The father held his son’s little hand and slowed his steps to accommodate the boy’s short stride. They had been talking, but were quiet now. The father became … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Riding for the Lone Star: Frontier Cavalry and the Texas Way of War, 1822-1865”

On May 6, 1864, during the midst of the Battle of the Wilderness, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s right flank crumbled under a strong Federal attack. As Lee rode about, frantically trying to rally his troops, a new column, wearing gray … Continue reading

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“Some of the Hardest Fighting of the War”: Alfred Pleasonton and J.E.B. Stuart at Brandy Station

Part two in a series The first week of June 1863 saw Gen. Robert E. Lee begin to withdraw his infantry from their lines at Fredericksburg and head west toward the Shenandoah Valley. Lee was embarking on his second invasion … Continue reading

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“Five Days of Awful Fighting”: A Brief Summary of the Cavalry Operations at Cold Harbor

Today, 152 years ago, Union and Confederate cavalry clashed northeast of Richmond at a place called Haw’s Shop. It had been a little over two weeks since the fight at Meadow Bridge, the last time the cavalry had faced each … Continue reading

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Almira Hancock: An Officer’s Bride, Adventuress, & Homemaker (Part 1)

As the officers congratulated her husband and the ladies offered advice for folding dresses in traveling trunks, she glanced up at the map of America and shook her head resolutely. She had already lived in dilapidated military barracks in Missouri, … Continue reading

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When General Lee Cried

One of the excitements of writing history comes when one finds a story that’s fresh, new, or hasn’t yet made its way into the accepted secondary literature. I  have one I’d like to share. For Savas Beatie, I’m finishing a … Continue reading

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