Battles in the East

Moving Out of the Wilderness

Almost nothing had been going right for Ulysses Grant in the Wilderness. His usual style of giving general orders and letting his subordinates fill in the details was not serving him well. Ambrose Burnside, acting in independent command with his IX Corps, dropped the ball and arrived too late to do any real damage as… Continue reading Moving Out of the Wilderness

Battles in the East, Portraits of Privates

36th Massachusetts in the Wilderness – Francis Knowles

“August 6th, 1862, being enrolled as a member of the ‘Warren Phalanx’ at the age of 19 years, 4 months, and 28 days”, Francis W. Knowles began his new career as a soldier with the 36th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. On August 11th, they traveled by rail to Camp Wool, in Worchester. For a couple of… Continue reading 36th Massachusetts in the Wilderness – Francis Knowles

Civil War Trivia

Song of the Wilderness

Soldiers and civilians have come up with inventive ways of immortalizing battles and generals throughout the Civil War. Songs like "All Quiet Along the Potomac" or "Vacant Chair" or "Just Before the Battle, Mother". The Wilderness made an impression on the minds and hearts of those who either experienced it firsthand or heard about it.… Continue reading Song of the Wilderness

Women in the War

Drama and Scandal in the Wilderness – Phenie Tapp’s Story

On a cold February day in 1860, a child was born in a cabin owned by the widow, Catherine Tapp. The baby girl was named Eliza Frances, but was known to her family and all those in Spotsylvania County as Phenie Tapp. The situation of the child’s birth – and her later escapades as an… Continue reading Drama and Scandal in the Wilderness – Phenie Tapp’s Story

Battles in the East, Portraits of Privates

A Spiritual Wilderness

When I first began my expeditions to Civil War battlefields, friends and family good-naturedly warned me to “watch out for ghosts”. I’ll admit, when I was younger, I was big into paranormal investigation stuff. As an adult, not so much. I’ll leave my own beliefs on the supernatural out of the blog in favor of… Continue reading A Spiritual Wilderness

Battles in the East, Historical Homes, Women in the War

Ellwood Manor – Connections in the Wilderness

There’s a saying that every human being on the planet is connected by just six degrees of separation. Nowhere is this more exemplified than in the case of Ellwood Manor, nestled in the heart of the Wilderness. The legacy begins with two brothers. William and Churchill Jones were the sons of Churchill Jones and Millicent… Continue reading Ellwood Manor – Connections in the Wilderness