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

“Sheer Madness” – Spotsylvania, May 10th, 1864

The Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia were stuck again at Spotsylvania Court House, with the Confederates maintaining the high ground at Laurel Hill as they had over the last two days, and the Federals under Ulysses Grant desperate to find a weak spot in the graycoat’s defenses. Under the impression… Continue reading “Sheer Madness” – Spotsylvania, May 10th, 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