Tag: Petersburg

  • Ft. Stedman Anniversary

    Today, March 25th, is the anniversary of the battle of Ft. Stedman, the last offensive of Lee’s Army. Civil War Trust is featuring an article I wrote a while back for America’s Civil War on the battle. By this time, of course, the battle—one of the shortest of the war—was long since over. Near Petersburg, […]

  • A Sharpshooter Story

    I’ve been researching sharpshooters for several years now, so it’s always nice to find something new like this from the history of the 115th New York. It’s interesting for a couple of reasons. One is the story of the conversion of the 13th Indiana into a sharpshooter battalion in all but name. This is almost […]

  • An Infantry Assault

    I came across this reminiscence of an infantry attack and thought I’d post it as it’s one of the best descriptions I’ve seen not only of the tactics but of the feelings of the men making it. The attack appears to be part of the battle of Hatcher’s Run (5-7 February, 1865). I’ve been unable […]

  • Blowin’ In The Wind at Petersburg

    As a followup to my previous post on Bob Dylan, the Times blog has posted some thoughts on what he might have been reading. They put in a quote from a Times correspondent comparing Northern and Southern forces in mid-1864 (not 1863 as stated). The rolls of company after company exhibit not a single name […]

  • Sharpshooters in Action

    While looking through Francis A. Walker’s Second Army Corps in the Army of the Potomac I came across this passage, which describes the fighting between Heth’s division and Hancock’s Second Corps at the Battle of Boydton Plank Road: It may be interesting to pass to the Confederate side and see how the operations of the […]

  • Valentine scrapbook

    Came across a very nice scrapbook of illustrations by a Union veteran H. E. Valentine, mostly of Eighteenth Corps in the Petersburg area. The ink wash drawings are here, and if you hunt around there are some higher res versions available. More letters and other source material on the Virginia Tech Civil War Collection home […]

  • Civil War Talk Radio: February 22, 2008

    Civil War Talk Radio Air Date: 022208 Subject: Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier near Petersburg, Virginia Guest: A. Wilson Greene, Director of Pamplin Park Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East […]