Winter Encampments… where armies are reforged for battle

Three years ago I started a series of posts discussing the 1864 Winter Encampment of the Army of the Potomac, focused through the diary entries of Colonel Charles Wainwright.  In that series, I often called for readers to broaden considerations. We tend to study military history from battle to battle.  The “in between” is oftenContinue reading “Winter Encampments… where armies are reforged for battle”

“Cause the pontoon bridge to be taken up”: The Bridge at Wellford’s Ford

Very likely you have seen this photograph before: This is a pontoon bridge placed over the Hazel River at Wellford’s Ford during the winter of 1864.  An excellent study of pontoon bridging, as it was done in the Civil War. And a lot of interesting characters and features in the photograph. On the north sideContinue reading ““Cause the pontoon bridge to be taken up”: The Bridge at Wellford’s Ford”

Where was Grant’s Headquarters during his stay in Culpeper?

One could make the case that, on this day 150 years ago, the edifice which Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant called his headquarters was the most important building on the North American continent… for at least a moment in time.  From that house in Culpeper Court House, Grant controlled a massive army, spread from the Atlantic toContinue reading “Where was Grant’s Headquarters during his stay in Culpeper?”