Category Battles

Battle of Fort Stevens 155th Anniversary

No offense to anyone else at the commemoration, I think the reason to watch this is Professor Jonathan Noyalas’s keynote presentation on the Battle of Cool Spring. It’s excellent. To get to it, skip ahead to the 1 hour 11 minute mark [1:11:00]. The video’s description reads, “The Battle of Fort Stevens was fought in the […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Four

Monday, June 17, was the day for our tours at other battlefields. I chose “Stonewall Jackson at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville,” led by Greg Mertz of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. As you might expect, we saw Jackson’s position at Fredericksburg as well as his movements at Chancellorsville and the spot where he was […]

2019 Civil War Institute Day Three

Day Three of the best five days a Civil War student has each year was Sunday, June 16, 2019. We began with Dr. Jennifer Murray of Oklahoma State University giving a wonderful presentation on the history of the Gettysburg National Military Park. You can watch it here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?461565-7/gettysburg-national-military-park Next, Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean talked about “Violence […]

Robert E. Lee’s Report on the Appomattox Campaign

Dr. Colin Woodward transcribed this report from the handwritten manuscript in Lee’s writing and posted it on the Lee Family Digital Archive. https://leefamilyarchive.org/family-papers/letters/letters-1865/9-family-papers/1906-robert-e-lee-to-john-c-breckinridge-1865-april-12 I present it here, dear readers, for your information: Near Appomattox CtH.                       12 Apl ‘65 Honble J.C. Breckinridge Secy of War Sir It was apparent during the past winter that reinforcements were continuously reaching the armies under […]

The Battle of Cool Spring 155th Anniversary

On Saturday, July 20, 2019, I returned again to the Old Dominion to attend the 155th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Cool Spring, the largest and bloodiest Civil War battle held in Clarke County, Virginia. I previously reported on the 153rd Anniversary Commemoration here. Not much has changed. The walking tour is still fantastic. […]

Darkness at Chancellorsville

Here’s novelist Ralph Peters talking about his novel and the battle of Chancellorsville. I can’t say I agree with all his interpretations. I don’t think he has the national feeling quite right. The video’s description reads, “Retired Army officer and historical novelist Ralph Peters talked about his book, Darkness at Chancellorsville: A Novel of Stonewall Jackson’s Triumph and […]

The Army of Northern Virginia After Gettysburg – Campfire Talk with Ranger Matt Atkinson

Here’s Matt Atkinson giving a terrific presentation on the Army of Northern Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg in a campfire program.