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

A Trap At The North Anna River?

Following the battle for Spotsylvania Court House, Ulysses. S Grant and George Meade’s Army of the Potomac had shifted around Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia again and moved south. Lee managed to reach his preferred defensive location of the North Anna River, and stood just to the south of it. Realizing … Continue reading A Trap At The North Anna River?

Forgotten Leaders of the American Civil War – Gouverneur K. Warren

Gouverneur Kemble Warren was born January 8th, in Putnam County, New York. He was named for a prominent local political figure and industrialist. He entered West Point in 1846, at the age of sixteen. In 1850, he graduated with the very impressive rank of second in his class of 44. He received a assignment as … Continue reading Forgotten Leaders of the American Civil War – Gouverneur K. Warren

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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