Tag Archives: Winter Encampment

Question of the Week: 12/19-12/25/16

If you could spend the holidays at a Civil War headquarters or encampment, whose would you choose? Why?

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Question of the Week: 11/28-12/4/16

What’s your favorite historical account/story from a winter encampment?

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The Sutler, the Mainers, and the Pickpockets of the 13th Mass.

On November 23, 1863—the day before Thanksgiving—the members of the 13th Massachusetts Volunteers, encamped near Brandy Station, Virginia, received a much-welcome pre-holiday visitor. “This was a great day,” wrote regimental historian Charles E. Davis, Jr.:

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ECW Weekender: The White Oak Civil War Museum and Stafford Research Center

Countless museums dot the Virginia countryside. Their sizes vary from the impressive National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle to the quaint Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfires. One museum, thoug,h has always stood out to me as being the perfect mix … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part three)

Part three of a series. Camp Health and Winter Huts Camp health and cleanliness was also a major concern. Most of the enlisted men spent their winters in small huts, reminiscent of those used by Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part two)

Part two of a series. A New Chief of Staff and Improved Supply System Ambrose E. Burnside left the Army of the Potomac with a litany of major problems; many of which were brought on by poor staff work. To … Continue reading

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In Memory of Al Conner, Jr.

The shady glen look like something out of Middle-Earth: ferns cluster in small patches on the sun-dappled forest floor and piles of lichen-covered rocks sit half-submerged in the ground. A lightly mulched path winds among the trees and among the … Continue reading

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