150 years ago: Bristoe Station

Today is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bristoe Station.  I’ll be out on the field there later today, taking the scheduled tours timed to the actions a century and a half ago.  Somewhat overcast day with a good chance for more rain.  However, my track record thus far for sesquicentennial events is goodContinue reading “150 years ago: Bristoe Station”

150 Years Ago: One last fight on Fleetwood Hill for John Buford

Having extracted themselves from a dangerous position on the Rapidan River and then covered the withdrawal of the Army of the Potomac over the Rappahannock, Brigadier-General John Buford’s First Cavalry Division was worse for the wear. But on campaign, the cavalry rarely rest.  At 10:30 A.M. on October 12, 1863, Buford received these orders: Major-GeneralContinue reading “150 Years Ago: One last fight on Fleetwood Hill for John Buford”

“A very severe hand-to-hand fight”: Buford holds the door open for Kilpatrick

Before picking up from yesterday’s post, let me thank Bud Hall and Jim Nolan for helping me to better understand the series of actions in this early phase of the Bristoe Campaign. We left off on the morning of October 11 (that would be 150 years ago today), with Brigadier-General John Buford’s First Division, CavalryContinue reading ““A very severe hand-to-hand fight”: Buford holds the door open for Kilpatrick”