Battles in the East

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

Battles in the East

“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

Battles in the East

“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

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Cavalry Face Off – Sheridan vs. Stuart, May 1864

Philip Sheridan (left) and his doppelganger, Lee Van Cleef (right) Philip Sheridan had finally been let loose onto his own independent command from the rest of the Army of the Potomac. He took his 10,000 men under Wesley Merritt, James Wilson, and David Gregg – the first time they had all been together since the… Continue reading Cavalry Face Off – Sheridan vs. Stuart, May 1864

Battles in the East

The Battle for Laurel Hill, May 8th 1864

At about eight in the morning on May 8th, the Army of the Potomac was hellbent on pushing their way south. After Sheridan failed to carry out his orders to clear the Brock Road of all Confederates, it was down to Gouverneur Warren’s corps to pave the way before the rest of the army arrived.… Continue reading The Battle for Laurel Hill, May 8th 1864

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