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George McClellan in 1861: A Glimpse of Foibles to Come (part two)

We are pleased to welcome back guest author Jon-Erik Gilot (part two of two) Yesterday, I outlined some of the ways that George McClellan’s early war actions in western Virginia foreshadowed some of the problems that would become some of … Continue reading

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George McClellan in 1861: A Glimpse of Foibles to Come (part one)

ECW is pleased to welcome back guest author Jon-Erik Gilot. (part one of two) More than his battlefield prowess or organizational abilities, George McClellan is remembered for his less-than-desirable traits—quarreling with subordinates and superiors; micromanaging affairs; uncertain decision making; hesitant … Continue reading

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“The Dreadful Responsibility”: Why George B. McClellan Was the Go-To Guy (part two)

ECW welcomes back Jon-Erik Gilot (part two of two) McClellan arrived in western Virginia on June 22 to take personal command of his troops in the field. Endearing himself to the enlisted men, he issued a circular on June 25 … Continue reading

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Grant Ascending . . .

The events of July 4, 1863, cemented Ulysses S. Grant’s position as a household name firmly into the public mind. The capitulation of the Confederate bastion of Vicksburg to “Unconditional Surrender” Grant of Donelson fame – on Independence Day no … Continue reading

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The Battle of Shelbyville

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Sean Michael Chick One of the most dramatic and decisive cavalry clashes of the American Civil War occurred at Shelbyville on Sunday, June 27, 1863. John A. Wyeth of 4th Alabama … Continue reading

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Chris Kolakowski: Leadership Makes the Difference on New Year’s Eve 1862

We’re two months away from the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge (Aug. 4-6). We’ve asked each of our speakers to share with us a story related to the topic they’ll be presenting as part of our … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861, Part III

So far, George McClellan’s plan was working.  Robert Garnett remained transfixed by Thomas Morris, convinced that was the main force.  Besides, Garnett felt that he did not have to worry for the 1,300-man force south of him at Rich Mountain.  … Continue reading

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Forging a State: The Western Virginia Campaign of July 1861–Part I

The 1861 Western Virginia Campaigns are a fascinating but vastly overlooked piece of Civil War campaign history.  Like many battles fought in that first year, they pale in size when stood up next to Antietam, Gettysburg, or Vicksburg.  The battles … Continue reading

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In Combat

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jim Taub Ready! When you first begin seriously studying the Civil War, you quickly learn that the tactics employed in the Civil War, particularly by the infantry (foot soldiers), were profoundly … Continue reading

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Staff Work 101

George Patton famously said that “an army is a team.” Often, this statement is taken in terms of commanders and units working together, but there is another essential element that makes an army (or any headquarters) work: the command staff.

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