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Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:16am
The war had changed. Instead of a battle fought once every few weeks, now it was every single day. . .and the casualties attested to this new, relentless form of combat. Numbers vary but approximately 30,000 men fell dead, wounded, or went listed as missing-in-action during the two-week struggle at Spotsylvania. The deadliest day, however, was May 12.
May 12 was an especially destructive day in the ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania as 129 of its soldiers became casualties that Thursday...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:07am
My, how things change.
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/12/2014 - 5:00am
The rain fell heavily on the night of May 11, 1864 as the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac moved about in the wet darkness, taking up their assigned positions and preparing themselves for the morning attack. Soldiers of Hancock’s 2nd Corps stood poised to assault the Confederate “Mule Shoe” salient; to their left went the soldiers of Burnside’s 9thCorps. They were to strike the east side of that Mule Shoe while Hancock struck it head-on.
 May 12, 1864...
Author: (Jim Rosebrock)
Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm
--> I almost missed George Dickinson.
Last year as I began my research, I assembled a list of officers assigned to the U.S. Artillery regiments.  With 441 officers discovered, I thought that I had all of them until today.   Going thru Volume 2 of Heitman’s Register doing some crosschecking for something else, I discovered George Dickenson. 
Having found Lieutenant Dickenson, I ran a query in Fold 3. One of the most common records contained there is a...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/09/2014 - 5:00am
There would be no turning back.  By the morning of May 7, and after two days of slaughter in the thick Virginia wilderness, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant determined that instead of the army falling back to lick its wounds, that it would side-step to the left, move to the south and, hopefully, get in between Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate capital of Richmond. That way, he reasoned, Lee could be drawn out in the open and forced to attack. His immediate objective was the...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/08/2014 - 12:34pm
Friend Ron Baumgarten of All Not So Quiet Along the Potomac has forwarded a few images Fire Zouave ephemera he recorded at the Ft. Ward Museum in Alexandria, VA. You can check out more on the story of Elmer Ellsworth, James Jackson, and Francis Brownell here. Enjoy! (Click on the photos for larger images – […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/08/2014 - 8:42am
I have a lengthy memoir of Fisher and the 6th, presented at the dedication of a portrait of the Colonel. I found it at UNC’s Wilson Library a few years ago – hope to get it transcribed and posted here eventually. If the Facebook page is not displaying, click on the post title and it […]
Author: (Dan Vermilya)
Posted: 05/07/2014 - 7:17pm

150 years ago this evening, the American Civil War took yet another turn. After two days of bloody, chaotic, and brutal fighting in the Wilderness west of Fredericksburg, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant faced a key decision. In the past, generals with names such as McClellan, Pope, Burnside, and Hooker had turned back after difficulties and defeats. The Wilderness had not been a total defeat, simply an impediment to Grant's southward push. Lee's Confederates had proven themselves able...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/07/2014 - 5:00am
May 7-8, 1864. . .Saturday/Sunday

The Wilderness. . .

 Daylight on the morning of Saturday, May 7, revealed that the Confederates had abandoned their lines directly to the front of the 48th. A skirmish force was sent forward and few...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/06/2014 - 10:08am
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Wilderness and The Overland Campaign, here’s the original version of my Collateral Damage article that ran in the August, 2011 edition of Civil War Times. For real time tweets of the tours this week, be sure to follow Sesqui tourist extraordinaire Craig Swain @caswain01 on […]
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