150 years ago: Combined arms force “to disperse and destroy” enemy vicinity of Culpeper

Orders issued on this day (June 7) in 1863, from Major-General Joseph Hooker’s headquarters at Falmouth, Virginia, to Brigadier-General Alfred Pleasonton, commanding the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Camp near Falmouth, Va., June 7, 1863. Commanding Officer Cavalry Corps: I am directed by the major-general commanding toContinue reading “150 years ago: Combined arms force “to disperse and destroy” enemy vicinity of Culpeper”

150 years ago: A snapshot in time – Army of the Potomac in dispatches

Back when I was a young Army officer, I spent many an hour manning a watch desk, radio hand-mike in hand. After a while I noticed a pattern. At the command post, we’d receive reports from subordinate units along with directives, orders, and inquiries from higher headquarters, all building up to a situational awareness forContinue reading “150 years ago: A snapshot in time – Army of the Potomac in dispatches”