Monthly Archives: March 2014

“The Velociraptor of the Civil War”

Gordon Rhea’s presentation at the 2014 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Longwood University Civil War Seminar held on March 15, 2014 at Longwood University in Farmville, VA was on “Grant and Lee in the Overland Campaign.” Gordon brought up a popular view of Grant is that he was a slow-moving general who didn’t […]

Joint Force Operations

Here’s Ranger Ray Hamel with another installment of Vicksburg National Military Park’s 2014 Licensed Battlefield Guide Seminar. Here’s the outline of the program: A GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT I. The Bayou Campaigns, January — March 1863 a. Attempts to construct alternative waterways to circumvent the heavy guns of Vicksburg “A series of experiments” 1. William’s Canal (also […]

2014 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute

Today, March 29, I attended the 2014 Bridgewater College Civil War Institute, a one-day seminar held at Bridgewater College, located in Bridgewater, Virginia.  They gave us a terrific program.  We started off hearing from Dr. Joseph Whitehorne, Professor Emeritus of History at Lord Fairfax Community College, giving us an overview of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign […]

Cavalry Operations in the Overland Campaign

This was Eric Wittenberg’s presentation at the 15th Annual Appomattox Court House National Historical park and Longwood University Seminar held on March 15, 2014 at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Eric told us that 1863 was a year of great change and maturation for the Union cavalry.  It was the year the Union cavalry came […]

McCausland’s Raid and the Burning of Chambersburg

This was Ted Alexander’s presentation at the War Returns to the Valley, 1864 Sesquicentennial Conference held at New Market, Virginia on March 8, 2014.  Ted knows this subject so intimately that he just sat down and started weaving the tale for us.  The only thing missing was the campfire and marshmallows.  He has an excellent […]

Farragut, Holly Springs, and Chickasaw Bayou

This is Ranger Jake Koch presenting another session in the Vicksburg National Military Park 2014 Licensed Battlefield Guide Seminar.  The outline of the presentation at the description is: A. The Navy Tries & Fails – The Anaconda Plan (brief description) – The West Gulf Blockading Squadron (Profile Farragut) – New Orleans/Baton Rouge/Natchez (brief description) – […]

Victors in Blue

 This is a book by Albert Castel, with a little assistance from Brooks Simpson.  The basic theme is how the major Union generals spent what seems to be more time fighting each other than they spent fighting the rebels.  A general who survived the backstabbing then had to be able to survive the crucible of […]