Tag Archives: Ulysses S. Grant

Missed Opportunity? The Confederates’ Lost Chance at Chattanooga

ECW welcomes back guest author Patrick Kelly-Fischer In September 1863, the Confederates executed one of the largest troop maneuvers of the entire war, setting themselves up to potentially destroy a major Union field army. They shifted Lieutenant General James Longstreet … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Man of Fire

Man of Fire: William Tecumseh Sherman in the Civil War is expected out in Spring 2022. Finding Sherman in a Ford  I, of course, never met William Tecumseh Sherman – and yet I know him. This feeling is borne of … Continue reading

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Western Swing 2021: Day 01

The American Battlefield Trust invited me to tag along on a multi-day swing through a whole bunch of battlefields in west Tennessee and northern Mississippi last week. Today, our adventures started rolling out on the Trust’s Facebook page. Join me, … Continue reading

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The “Emerging Civil War Series” Series: Battle Above the Clouds

Writing Battle above the Clouds To date, I have written eleven books, co-authored one (Tullahoma) and contributed essays to two more. Most of that writing has been published by Savas Beatie, though I have also worked with Southern Illinois University … Continue reading

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Men to Match My Mountains?

In the summer of 2016 I climbed my first 14,000 foot mountain—Mount Sherman—a peak in the Mosquito Range of the Rocky Mountains. Mount Sherman (14,038 feet) is one of Colorado’s 58 “14-ers,” a sobriquet that designates it as one of … Continue reading

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Rolling on the River: Civil War Brown-Water Navies

A blue-coated rider appeared atop the riverbank above the bow of the steamer Belle Memphis. Rebels massed in the cornfield behind him discharged volleys that whistled by the horseman, whanged through the tall smokestacks, and thudded into the vessel’s superstructure. … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: “50 Days on the Mountain” with Grant Cottage

Grant Cottage State Historic Site atop Mt. McGregor in Wilton, NY, has been doing some exceptional coverage this year of Ulysses S. Grant’s time atop the mountain, thanks to operations manager Ben Kemp. Ben has been producing a live video … Continue reading

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Sherman’s Huzzah

While many minds are on Gettysburg, early July always finds me reflecting on the siege and surrender at Vicksburg. In the larger picture, I have always found the Vicksburg victory more important because it leads to the important result of … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day Three: Friday, June 17, 1864 

George Meade’s June 17 battle plan conformed to Francis Barlow’s suggestion for hitting the flank. The proposed attack would be carried out by Ambrose Burnside’s IX Corps, namely the divisions led by Robert Potter and James H. Ledlie. Potter had … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day Two: Thursday, June 16, 1864

On the night of June 15, P.G.T. Beauregard sent Robert E. Lee a letter, which was received at 2:00 a.m., explaining the situation and asking him to cover the Howlett Line. Unfortunately, the letter failed to convey the desperation of … Continue reading

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