Battles in the East

Todd’s Tavern Trouble – May 7th, 1864

The first roadblock on the road to Spotsylvania was Todd’s Tavern. Another important intersection just five miles south of the Union line, Todd’s Tavern lay at the crossroads of Brock Road (north-south) and Catharpin Road (east-west). Ulysses Grant ordered Phillip Sheridan and his cavalry to clear Brock Road of all Confederates. Here’s where the trouble… Continue reading Todd’s Tavern Trouble – May 7th, 1864

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Mine Run – A Stalemate in the Wilderness – Part 2

Gouverneur Warren with his II Corps was expecting more Union troops to arrive in the form of Sykes, Newton, or French. Help from anywhere would have been nice right about then. Artillery support was placed on an eastern ridge overlooking the Confederate position at Robinson’s Tavern, an advantage on the enemy who didn’t have a… Continue reading Mine Run – A Stalemate in the Wilderness – Part 2

Battles in the East

Attacked at Night – Rappahannock Station, November 1863

In the months following the momentous battle at Gettysburg, the Army of the Potomac, led by General George Gordon Meade, and the Army of Northern Virginia, led by General Robert E. Lee, had been in constant contact with one another. The Confederates continued to pull back through Maryland and the north part of Virginia until… Continue reading Attacked at Night – Rappahannock Station, November 1863

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Mayhem At Manassas

Civilians and soldiers on both sides of the war thought the conflict would be swift and decisive. The southerners, fueled by their convictions and need for independence, was equally matched by the northerner’s enthusiasm to preserve the Union and future of their nation. Yankees believed they could whip the uncultured farm boys, while the Rebs… Continue reading Mayhem At Manassas