May 9, 1864: “No greater loss could have befallen us” with the death of Sedgwick

If you’ve been following the sesquicentennial flow of events, you know May 8, 1864 was another day of furious battle as Federals tried, and failed, to gain Spotsylvania Court House.  May 9, however, was considered a “lull” in the fighting.  Though no major assaults took place, the two armies remained a few hundred yards apart. Continue reading “May 9, 1864: “No greater loss could have befallen us” with the death of Sedgwick”

Guns of Spotsylvania

Yes… this is a very short post!  Not many guns at all on the field at Spotsylvania: There’s the 12-pdr Napoleon featured in an earlier post, a 6-pdr smoothbore trimmed up to “false Napoleon” standard, and a pair of Parrotts – one genuine West Point make and one Tredegar copy. I’m off to the battlefieldContinue reading “Guns of Spotsylvania”

On to the Wilderness! 150th Events starting the Overland Campaign

Though it amounts to re-posting something I posted earlier in the winter, I do want to bring mention the events kicking off this weekend at the Wilderness and continuing through the month of May at Spotsylvania.  Since that earlier post, the National Park Service has added more details to the listings.  The full list ofContinue reading “On to the Wilderness! 150th Events starting the Overland Campaign”