Battles in the East

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

Mine Run – A Stalemate in the Wilderness – Part 1

When we left the armies in Virginia last week, Confederate General Robert Lee had just gotten his nose bloodied at Rappahannock Station by Union General George Meade. The Army of Northern Virginia had made the strategic move to protect its flanks and fall back all the way to the Rapidan River. Lee’s two corps straddle… Continue reading Mine Run – A Stalemate in the Wilderness – Part 1

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

Battles in the East, Uncategorized

Marching Back Into Virginia…

As we transition from March into April, so do we enter a Virginia Battlefield series here on the blog. In February, we presented the battle of Chancellorsville, where “Fighting Joe” Hooker acted slightly contrary to his nickname and the Confederacy lost one of its most prized generals, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. After the Union army pulled… Continue reading Marching Back Into Virginia…

Civil War Trivia, Gab About Generals

“The Last Meeting” – Jackson and Lee Immortalized in Art

Perhaps one of the most famous paintings of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson is one that is about 50% historically inaccurate, but 100% inspiring to most historians and Southerners. Of course, I’m referring to the masterpiece titled “The Last Meeting of Lee and Jackson”. Painted by Everett B. D. Julio in 1869, it was originally titled “The… Continue reading “The Last Meeting” – Jackson and Lee Immortalized in Art

Battles in the East

“Here we go again” – Second Manassas, 1862

Thirteen months after the first major engagement of the Civil War, the Union and Confederate armies are converging upon the same point of interest. By now, many of the troops are seasoned veterans. Commanders are earning reputations for themselves (good and bad) and volunteers are learning what it means to be a soldier. Players John… Continue reading “Here we go again” – Second Manassas, 1862