Tag Archives: Wilbur Fisk

A Vermonter Plays “Arm Chair General”

In the early spring of 1864, Wilbur Fisk of the 2nd Vermont Regiment penned a letter for a local newspaper in his homestate, offering his views on what to do…if he controlled the war. A long time correspondent for publication, … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Primary Sources | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

“To Keep The Little Children Out Of The Park”: A Vermonter’s Adventures in New York City

Sometimes military and civilian interactions take surprising turns. This account that Wilbur Fisk of the 2nd Vermont Infantry wrote in a letter for newspaper publication offers some humorous antics of children pestering soldiers. The regiment quartered in the “beautiful park” … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Primary Sources | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Favorite Soldier Memoirs

In his self-published book An Epic on “Old Abe,” The War Eagle (The War Eagle Book Association, 1894), S. C. Miles, a veteran of the 8th Wisconsin, extolled the virtue of first-person accounts of the war. Such accounts required “no … Continue reading

Posted in Newspapers, Primary Sources | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Primary Sources: Thoughts and Favorites

A primary source is defined as one produced by an eyewitness to an event offering their recollections. Some primary sources provide just basic facts with limited additional details. Other sources, like battle reports, provide more details but often offer little … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Authors, Leadership--Confederate, Leadership--Federal, Primary Sources, Trans-Mississippi, Western Theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Swelling the Ranks for Review

In mid-November 16, 1863, with Army of the Potomac commander George Meade in Washington to consultation with the president and War Department, it fell to VI Corps commander Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick to serve as the army’s temporary commander as it … Continue reading

Posted in Armies, Common Soldier | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Lincoln’s Last Day at the Front

Abraham Lincoln fittingly spent the tail end of the Petersburg Campaign at the front, docked in the River Queen offshore from the Federal headquarters at City Point. He met with important generals to discuss strategy, reviewed Union troops and their Confederate … Continue reading

Posted in Medical, Personalities, Sesquicentennial | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

“Life Given, Not Lost”: Captain Morey’s Final Charge—Conclusion

Authored by Edward Alexander (part three of three) Skirmishers in the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery crept forward to pick off the cannoneers and horses, to prevent the withdrawal of the pieces, while the remainder of the Green Mountain Boys charged … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Campaigns, Common Soldier, Sieges | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Thought for the Day

Camp near White Oak Church, Va. May 9, 1863 It is difficult to realize in the time of an action, the extreme peril one’s life is in. Death there seems of less consequence than anywhere else, one gets so used … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Newspapers | Tagged , , | Leave a comment