The Siege of Petersburg on Bermuda Hundred

by Brett Schulte June 25, 2014

Many people are familiar with the Bermuda Hundred Campaign of May 1864.  What fewer know is that the Bermuda Hundred front was “contested” throughout the entire Siege of Petersburg.  I placed the word contested in quotes because that front was not an area of focus in Grant’s major offensives against Richmond and Petersburg.  It was […]

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Petersburg Volume 2 Wins the Douglas Southall Freeman Award

by Brett Schulte June 23, 2014

I just received news that The Petersburg Campaign Volume 2: The Western Front Battles September 1864-April 1865 by Ed Bearss, and edited by Bryce Suderow, has won the Douglas Southall Freeman award.  More to come as more information is available, and buy the book. Editor Bryce Suderow had the following to say about winning the award: I feel […]

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Short Takes

by Fred Ray May 24, 2014

The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article that covers several Civil War topics – primarily that the bills for a war keep coming in long after the guns go silent, but also that there are still widows from that conflict drawing pensions right here in NC, not to mention theirs was a real […]

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The Killing of Uncle John Sedgwick – 150 years ago today

by Fred Ray May 9, 2014

One hundred and fifty years ago today the bloody battle of the Wilderness was over and the even bloodier battle of Spotsylvania Court House just beginning. One of those who fell this day was was the commander of the Union Sixth Corps, Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick. Here’s an article that I wrote about the incident […]

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Mississippi Marine Brigade – Conclusion

by Dan O'Connell May 2, 2014

The Final Chapter After briefly supporting the Banks’ Red River Campaign with the Autocrat, Baltic, Diana, Raine and a portion of the cavalry the Brigade was ordered to once again patrol the Mississippi between Milliken’s Bend and Goodrich’s Landing to cover for the units that had departed on Sherman’s Meridian Expedition. The separation of the […]

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Mississippi Marine Brigade – Part 9

by Dan O'Connell April 25, 2014

Return to Goodrich’s Landing, Natchez, and more raiding. Shore duty for the marines ended on 18 October with an alert to “get ready to go back on board the boats.” At the request of BG John Hawkins, commander of the District of Northeast Louisiana, the brigade was ordered back to Goodrich’s Landing as reinforcements against […]

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Mississippi Marine Brigade – Part 8

by Dan O'Connell April 18, 2014

Changes Following the surrender of Vicksburg the brigade fell into a period of idleness. Sickness filled the hospital boat, Woodford, and Ellet found it a perfect time to grant leaves. To take up time with the rest of the command Ellet conducted a number of unauthorized raids that ired both Porter and Grant. The good […]

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