Tag Archives: West Point

BookChat with Tom McMillan, author of Armistead and Hancock

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the new book by author Tom McMillan, Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War (Stackpole Books, 2021). You can find out … Continue reading

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Being Grant: Now and Then (part six)

ECW is pleased to welcome back our friend, Dr. Curt Fields. Curt is nationally known for his acclaimed portrayal of Ulysses S. Grant. This week, he reflects on some of the highlights of his career thus far. (part six of … Continue reading

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Daniel Harvey Hill, Educator and General

Another installment n “Tales from the Tombstone.” For other posts in the series, click here. On a recent road-trip, I had the chance to take a slight detour off the interstate and visit Davidson, North Carolina. Now known as the … Continue reading

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“I Confess That My Life at West Point Was Wretched”: O.O. Howard’s Plebe Year

Had his cousin William been in better physical shape, O.O. Howard probably would have never gone to West Point. Otis, as his family called him throughout his life, was in his senior year at Bowdoin College in Maine when his … Continue reading

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Constant and Devoted Friends of the Soldier: Seneca and Elmira Simmons

The Pennsylvania Reserve Division is likely not one of the first to come to mind if you were asked to name a famous unit of the Army of the Potomac. Yet it was one of the hardest fighting divisions within … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Justin E. Dimick: “Accomplished Artillery Officer, Truest Soldier”

“At 5 o’clock in the morning, the enemy attacked us in force, and, after a very severe fight by our men, the Federal line began to fall back. From the first moment I learned the position of the enemy, I … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday – Grant’s West Point Legacy Preserved in New Monument

Ever since the deadly protests at Charlottesville in August of 2017, many public Civil War monuments have been removed or reinterpreted nationwide. Because of these controversies, we rarely hear of new Civil War monuments being erected. This week, though, the … Continue reading

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Artillery: John Pelham – Artilleryman, Gallant Fool, Splendid Boy

Advancing Union troops were convinced a full battery raked their flank as they moved toward the Confederate position at Prospect Hill near Fredericksburg. Multiple Union batteries opened fire from Stafford Heights, trying to drive out the artillerymen delaying General Meade’s … Continue reading

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Artillery: Sticking to his guns – Lt. Charles Parsons at the Battle of Perryville

Napoleon Bonaparte himself once said, “It is with artillery that war is made.” So too could it then be said that it is with artillery that war is lost. Such was the case atop a ridge outside of Perryville, Kentucky … Continue reading

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Artillery: General Davis Tillson

Six men who suffered the loss of a limb before the American Civil War—Joseph A. Haskin (U), Philip Kearny (U), William W. Loring (C), James G. Martin (C), Thomas W. Sweeny (U), and Davis Tillson (U)—overcame their handicaps and rose … Continue reading

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