Tag Archives: Spotsylvania Court House

John Sedgwick, 2022

I took time today, as I’m apt to do, to visit the site of John Sedgwick’s wounding on the anniversary of the event. It was a beautiful day to be out on the battlefield.

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In Search of Sarah Spindle

Maxwell and I wind our way through a primordial tunnel of woods before the path we’re following descends a short staircase of plant roots and spits us out into a field. It’s an ersatz field, really—the Park Service hasn’t been … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Traces of the Bloody Struggle

In 2014, I was fortunate to marry into a family that owns a nice-sized chunk of the Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield. Spotsy had, by that time, come to be my favorite battlefield, so marry into a part of the battlefield was … Continue reading

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Under Fire: The Knoll of the 60th Ohio at Spotsy

In the front yard at Stevenson Ridge, there’s a high knoll where the driveway exits the property. It’s 280 feet above sea level, although the elevation makes precipitous drop to 250 feet on the far side of Route 208, modern … Continue reading

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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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