Battles in the East, Traveling Tidbits

Walking in the Footsteps of the Cadets

Virginia Museum of the Civil War (author photo 2019) While many of the major battlefields of the Civil War have been preserved and interpreted by the National Park Service, a great many are protected by the state in which they preside. New Market Battlefield State Historical Park and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War… Continue reading Walking in the Footsteps of the Cadets

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The History Behind “Field of Lost Shoes”

Besides Winchester, one of the most well known Civil War battles to take place in the Shenandoah Valley – thanks to some Hollywood magic – is the battle at New Market on May 15, 1864. And the most famous aspect of the battle is the charge of the Virginia Military Institute cadets across the muddy… Continue reading The History Behind “Field of Lost Shoes”

Battles in the East, Historical Homes

Belle Grove Plantation at Cedar Creek

Major Isaac Hite Jr. Belle Grove Plantation, like many homesteads in the south during the Civil War, witnessed the horrors and devastation of battle. On the morning of October 19, 1864, the home would play a part in a drama that unfolded for a wounded general. In 1783, Major Isaac Hite Jr - grandson of… Continue reading Belle Grove Plantation at Cedar Creek

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Surprises and Counterattacks – Cedar Creek, October 19, 1861

I typically try to provide short, easy to digest battle blog posts regarding the places I've visited. The last few weeks, however, have been packed with deadlines and personal life adjustments. As a result, I'll be providing a great video that summarizes the activity at Cedar Creek instead of a written summary. This comes from… Continue reading Surprises and Counterattacks – Cedar Creek, October 19, 1861

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“Thunderstruck” at Fisher’s Hill – September 22, 1864

Following his defeat at Winchester on September 19, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early led his army south through the Shenandoah Valley, looking desperately for a new defensive position upon which to hold his ground against the Federals and their commander, Phillip Sheridan. He found a piece of high ground called Fisher’s Hill between Massanutten Mountain… Continue reading “Thunderstruck” at Fisher’s Hill – September 22, 1864

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“Disasters Commenced” – Battle of Third Winchester, September 19th, 1864

1864 was a productive and effective year in the Civil War. With Ulysses S. Grant at the helm, the Union armies in all theaters of the war had made progress in tightening the noose around the Confederacy. The branches of Grant’s ultimate plan included his Overland Campaign against Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia,… Continue reading “Disasters Commenced” – Battle of Third Winchester, September 19th, 1864

Battles in the East, Traveling Tidbits

Harpers Ferry – Confluence At War (Part 2)

For a summary of events in Harpers Ferry 1860 – September 1862, see HERE The landscape of Harpers Ferry was so drastically changed since pre-war times. According to Charles E. Phelps of the 7th Maryland Infantry, “Churches have become hospitals; gardens and pleasure grounds – graveyards; private residences, barracks and stables. Most of the inhabitants… Continue reading Harpers Ferry – Confluence At War (Part 2)

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Harper’s Ferry – Confluence at War (Part 1)

Most casual historians will recognize the name of Harper’s Ferry as “ground zero” for John Brown’s infamous raid that was designed to inspire a revolution amongst the enslaved population in America. While the raid did not fully succeed, many claim that Brown’s actions at Harper’s Ferry and his subsequent execution are the instigating factors that… Continue reading Harper’s Ferry – Confluence at War (Part 1)

Battles in the East, Traveling Tidbits

Seven Days Battle, Touring All Six Battlefields – Part 2

To see Part 1 of this blog series, Click HERE Union General George McClellan had left the scene. Again. Defying the odds, newly appointed Confederate General Robert E. Lee had successfully pushed Fitz John Porter’s V Corps out of his secure position along the ridgeline at Gaines Mill. Now at dawn on June 28th, 1862,… Continue reading Seven Days Battle, Touring All Six Battlefields – Part 2

Battles in the East, Traveling Tidbits

Seven Days Battle, Touring All Six Battlefields – Part 1

Richmond, along with holding the title of the former Confederate Capital, is absolutely packed with history, especially Civil War history. One could easily spend a week in this massive city and still have missed a few places. Three campaigns took place in and around the city between the years 1861 and 1865, most of the… Continue reading Seven Days Battle, Touring All Six Battlefields – Part 1