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The Woundings of Jackson and Longstreet

The circumstances were eerily similar: both Confederate lieutenant generals had led successful flank attacks through the dark, close woods of the Wilderness when they were accidentally shot by their own men. For both Stonewall Jackson and James Longstreet, it seemed … Continue reading

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A City of Hospitals, Short on Supplies

From the Portland, Maine, Daily Eastern Argus on Wednesday, May 25, 1864: A letter written from Fredericksburg after the battle of the Wilderness says:— “In a guano ware-house a magnificent veteran, leaning against the wall with his blouse on (to … Continue reading

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The Wilderness in Snapshots

To commemorate the anniversary of the battle of the Wilderness, we asked for some help from our friend Joe Lafleur. Joe is a volunteer with the Friends of the Wilderness Battlefield, and he’s always out and about on the field, … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/1-5/7/17

With battle anniversaries for Chancellorsville, Second Fredericksburg, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House here or just around the calendar corner, we’re wondering if you have a favorite battlefield to visit from that list? If so, why?

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Writing the Wilderness and Reflecting

It’s 46° in Spotsylvania County, but the morning clouds have marched away and the blue-sky sun makes it feel more like sixty. To the west, another line of gray clouds hangs over the Blue Ridge Mountains like a haze of … Continue reading

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ECW on C-SPAN: Longstreet in the Wilderness

The next installment from the Third Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge airs this weekend on C-SPAN 3. The Battle of the Wilderness and Longstreet’s Counterattack, presented by Kris White, will air Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., Eastern. … Continue reading

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The Death and Memory of Alexander Hays

The following excerpt, related to events 152 years ago today, is adapted from my new book Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness, part of the Emerging Civil War Series. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to support the … Continue reading

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The Shared Ground of Chancellorsville and the Wilderness

Yesterday, I wrote of the Civil War Trust’s current focus on a tract of land it’s calling the Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads, which saw troop movements during both battles. Separated by a year, the battles shared much of the same geography even … Continue reading

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The Chancellorsville-Wilderness Crossroads

Early May is a busy month for Civil War buffs in my neck of the woods. In 1863, the battle of Chancellorsville roared through the eastern half of the Wilderness; in 1864, the battle of the Wilderness ripped through the … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Hell Itself

One of the most anticipated volumes in the Emerging Civil War Series is finally on its way. Hell Itself: The Battle of the Wilderness completes a cycle of Savas Beatie books that includes A Season of Slaughter: The Battle of … Continue reading

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