Grant, Sigel, and Ord: The Valley and West Virginia, 1864

Partly out of idle curiosity, I was going through the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, the main primary source for the Civil War in terms of official reports and correspondence.. Particularly, I was going through correspondence in early 1864, curious to see some of the process of Ulysses S. Grant planning and … Continue reading Grant, Sigel, and Ord: The Valley and West Virginia, 1864

The Gettysburg of the West

  The Battle of Westport was the largest engagement west of the Mississippi River in the Civil War, sometimes referred to as the “Gettysburg of the West”. In September, Sterling Price had launched an invasion of Missouri. All his units were mounted, as the infantry units intended to support him had been sent elsewhere, turning … Continue reading The Gettysburg of the West

Longstreet and Jackson in the Wilderness

Stonewall Jackson’s flank attack is hailed as the deciding moment of the battle of Chancellorsville, a blow which set the stage for the Confederate victory, and which represented Lee and Jackson at their finest. Perhaps, but it also represented Jackson’s continuing mediocre abilities as a tactician. The march did not maintain absolute secrecy; Union III … Continue reading Longstreet and Jackson in the Wilderness

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