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Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part four)

(part four in a series) I’ve been tracking Alfred Waud across the Spotsylvania battlefield, trying to figure out why one of his sketches, “Advance on Spotsylvania,” bears the date “May 9” although it depicts events from May 10. The first … Continue reading

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Alfred Waud’s Sketchy Spotsylvania (part three)

(part three in a series) I’ve come to believe Alfred Waud’s sketch “Advance on Spotsylvania,” dated May 9, is actually mis-dated. In the first two posts of this series, I’ve tried to lay out some of the breadcrumbs that led … Continue reading

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“On the Heights”: The Field Hospital at Brompton in May 1864

The wagons rolling into Fredericksburg never seemed to stop. Mary Caldwell, an inhabitant of the town, wrote in her diary, “The road near the fair grounds seems to be literally covered.”[1] They were filled with broken and bloodied bodies, the … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Confederate Cemetery at Spotsylvania Court House (In The Snow)

Fallen Union soldiers from the battlefields of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House were eventually laid to rest in Fredericksburg National Cemetery. But what happened to the Confederate graves? Many of the Confederate dead were disinterred and reburied … Continue reading

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The Richmond Howitzers at Spotsy

It was a beautiful day to be on the battlefield today….

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The Capture—and Preservation—of Myer’s Hill

May 14 is the anniversary of the 1864 fight for Myer’s Hill during the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Ulysses S. Grant planned for a massive assault against the Confederate right flank there, but poor roads delayed the movement of … Continue reading

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Honoring Uncle John

I can’t let today pass without a tip of my hat to “Uncle John” Sedgwick, killed on this day in 1864 at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

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A Recap of the Overland Campaign’s 155th

One hundred fifty-five years ago, Ulysses S. Grant sat on the doorstep of Richmond, trying to figure out his next step now that Robert E. Lee had stymied him once again. The Overland Campaign was about to shift into a … Continue reading

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House 155 Years Ago

At the battle of Sportsylvania Court House 155 years ago, action was heating up following five days of rain. May 18 saw a Federal assault as large in scale as the May 12 assault again the Mule Shoe, foiled by … Continue reading

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A Word on Behalf of Myer’s Hill on the 155th Anniversary

Happy “Myer’s Hill Day!” Today, May 14, was the anniversary of action 155 years ago at Spotsylvania Court House on the southeast edge of the battlefield. The highest ground in the area, Myer’s Hill became the scene of back-and-forth fighting. … Continue reading

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