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

Battles in the East

The Final Week of Bloodshed – Conclusion to Spotsylvania

The fight thus far at Spotsylvania had been nothing short of a slaughter house. The continuous fighting for twenty hours at the Bloody Angle was the pinnacle of that slaughter with 17,000 casualties in all. Who was to blame? Many pointed fingers at Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant’s “grit of a bulldog” as Abraham Lincoln called… Continue reading The Final Week of Bloodshed – Conclusion to Spotsylvania

Battles in the East

“Saturnalia of Blood” – May 12th, 1864, Spotsylvania

The morning of May 12th, 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House had begun with such promise. An early dawn attack upon the Army of Northern Virginia works that composed what was dubbed the “Mule Shoe” looked to be succeeding. By the end of the day, it would bear another name that echoes through the horrors of… Continue reading “Saturnalia of Blood” – May 12th, 1864, Spotsylvania

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

Women in the War

A Union Sympathizer in the Wilderness – Katherine Couse

About ten miles southeast of the Widow Tapp Field sits another home that would come under the shadow of war. Katherine Couse, a 28 year-old New Jersey native, was a Union sympathizer like the rest of her family. Her parents, William and Elizabeth owned close to 1,400 acres of farmland in an area known as… Continue reading A Union Sympathizer in the Wilderness – Katherine Couse

Battles in the East

Savage in its Character – Wilderness, early May 6th 1864

May 5th, 1864 had ended in a bloody and twisted mess in the area called The Wilderness in central Virginia. In the battle that initiated the Overland Campaign, we’ve got the two most famous generals of the Civil War going up against one another for the first time. On the Federal side, we’ve got Ulysses… Continue reading Savage in its Character – Wilderness, early May 6th 1864

Battles in the East

Fighting for Fredericksburg… Again

While the ball was opening around Chancellorsville and the Wilderness, many gloss over the fact that there was another battle going on down by the Rappahannock on May 3rd of 1863. “Uncle John” Sedgwick had been tasked with keeping an eye on the Confederates around Fredericksburg at the start of Joseph Hooker’s campaign. Five pontoon… Continue reading Fighting for Fredericksburg… Again

Battles in the East, Civil War Trivia

Firefight Around the Furnace

Battles and skirmishes fought during the Civil War didn’t always take place in open fields or on farmland. Homes and even entire towns would become the hotbed of some nasty firefights between 1861 and 1865. Some of these battles or at least components of battles are named after the place they were fought around. Some… Continue reading Firefight Around the Furnace

Civil War Trivia, Portraits of Privates

A Good Boy – Jack’s Story

As I learn more about the Civil War, I come to find some interesting stories regarding animals. Of course, the first that comes to mind are horses. Officers and generals rode them into battle, they were used to pull the cannons and limber chests, and there's the cavalry. Then there's the mules and donkeys who… Continue reading A Good Boy – Jack’s Story