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“The stain of innocent blood had been removed from the land”: 150th of the Hanging of the Lincoln Conspirators

Abraham Lincoln had been laid to rest for just over two months, as had John Wilkes Booth, albeit in much different settings. On its way to Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln’s funeral train crisscrossed some 1,600 miles of the country, stopping to … Continue reading

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Nobody Can Truly Understand The Battle of Gettysburg Without a Solid Understanding of the Battle of Chancellorsville

Conclusion In the first part of this two-part series that demonstrates how nobody can truly understand the Battle of Gettysburg without having a solid understanding of the Battle of Chancellorsville, we addressed the implications of Chancellorsville for the Army of … Continue reading

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The First Battle of Deep Bottom: July 27, 1864

Today, we are pleased to welcome back guest author Jimmy Price Part three is a series. The First Battle of Deep Bottom– also occasionally called the Battle of Darbytown, Strawberry Plains, Tilghman’s Gate, New Market Road, Gravel Hill, and even … Continue reading

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The Curmudgeon, The Eccentric, and the “Norse God”: How Three Men Impacted the Battle of Gettysburg: Part Nine

Part nine in a series.  “…a timely diversion…” Everything was seemingly going well for the Confederates on July 1st. Although the Army of Northern Virginia had blundered into the enemy, they had engaged two Federal corps and driven them from … Continue reading

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The Downfall of a Federal Corps Commander: Warren-Sheridan and the Five Forks Controversy: Part One

Part One in a Series. It is a well know fact that many historians live with the characters that they write about for many years. Delving into a major project often exposes us to an abundance of characters that are … Continue reading

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“What If Jackson had Survived His Wounding?”

I get the question all the time: “What if Stonewall Jackson hadn’t been shot?” When people ask that question, what they really want to know is “What would he have done at Gettysburg?” My answer is always “He would have … Continue reading

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“A Hideous Dream”: The Federal Second Corps at the Second Battle of Ream’s Station

In the wake of the fighting around Globe Tavern, the Federal high command looked to expand on its success. The Weldon Railroad was firmly under the control of Warren’s Fifth Corps, but now George Meade wanted to negate the railroad … Continue reading

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A Shift in Strategy: Battle of Globe Tavern

Since June 15, 1864 the Union army under Major General George Meade and Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant hammered the Confederate defenses around Petersburg. From limited success along the eastern front June 15-18, then a thwarted attack on the Confederate supply … Continue reading

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“The Weather Was Intensely Hot”: Cold Harbor After the Fighting

After the Union attacks had subsided on June 3, 1864, the Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac stared at each other across the open space that separated them. Men in each army strove to improve their … Continue reading

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“The fairest of targets…” June 3, 1864

“Chip, chip, chip” rang out in the predawn darkness along the stretch of lines held by Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. An incessant chipping sound as metal object, mostly axes, cut into Virginia timber.

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