Tag Archives: Ulysses S. Grant

“A Twitter Feed” of the Civil War–What Historians Really Do, Part 2

Sometimes things just fall into our laps, and sometimes we have to break down walls just for the chance to be turned away.  This opportunity is one of the former, and a beautiful opportunity it is!

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Dr. Henry A. Minor’s Account of Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox

We are pleased to share an account passed along to us by Mary Zelinka, who reaches out to us all the way from Albany, Oregon. Mary shares with us an account from her ancestor, Dr. Henry A. Minor, of Lee’s surrender … Continue reading

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July 1, 1884: Grant’s “New Disaster of Shiloh”

On July 1, 1884, editors of Century Magazine received a much-anticipated envelope from former president Ulysses S. Grant. Grant had agreed to write four articles for the magazine about his wartime experiences, which would kick off an upcoming series of … Continue reading

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The Stakes of Vicksburg

On April 30, and May 1, 1863, Union Major General U.S. Grant crossed his Army of the Tennessee over the Mississippi River south of Vicksburg. He then cut loose from his supply sources and plunged inland to surround the city … Continue reading

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The Fight at Meadow Bridge: A Forgotten Cavalry Battle Outside Richmond

As the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia grappled for control of the Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, another battle took shape on the outskirts of Richmond. During the Federal march out of the Wilderness, the tumultuous … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Battle of Resaca de la Palma

When the sun rose on May 9, 1846, American soldiers were not sure if the day’s previous fight at Palo Alto would be continued. American artillery had shattered their Mexican opponents, but at the end of the fighting the Mexican … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: The Battle of Palo Alto

  Following Cpt. Seth Thornton’s ambush in late April, both armies along the Rio Grande prepared for the war that, as of yet, still remained undeclared. Events were transpiring too quickly for word to get back to Washington, D.C. or … Continue reading

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It Pays to Re-Read the OR

Long ago I learned from my late friend Albert Castel that it pays to re-read the Official Records when you’re writing about the war. Every now and then I chance upon something that drives home that lesson. A recent reminder came … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: “Incessantly By Day, But With Alacrity, Our Troops Piled the Pick and Shovel”

Shortly after reveille on April 7, 1846, American soldiers with shovels and pickaxes began construction of a permanent installation on the north side of the contested Rio Grande. Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor, commanding the force sent the previous month from … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 4/4-4/10/16

Here’s another QotW from Phill Greenwalt: Lee supposedly said, “If he [Grant] gets there [James River] it will become a siege and then it will be a mere question of time.” Do you agree with this sentiment or did Lee … Continue reading

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