April 1, 1865: “This has been the most momentous day of the war so far”: Five Forks, Sheridan, Warren, and what Wainwright saw

Colonel Charles S. Wainwright was right place to witness many things on April 1, 1865.  And he minced no words as to his emotions that Saturday on which a campaign turned: White Oak Road, April 1, 1865, Saturday: This has been the most momentous day of the war so far, I think; a glorious day;Continue reading “April 1, 1865: “This has been the most momentous day of the war so far”: Five Forks, Sheridan, Warren, and what Wainwright saw”

Wainwright’s Diary, March 27, 1864: “… commanding the Artillery Brigade, Fifth Corps”

In his earlier diary entry, a question lingered over Colonel Charles S. Wainwright’s future.  With the Army of the Potomac’s consolidation, where would he go?  That answer came the next day, as he related in his next entry: March 27, Sunday. My position is now pretty well settled, and I shall hereafter sign myself asContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 27, 1864: “… commanding the Artillery Brigade, Fifth Corps””

Wainwright’s Diary, March 24, 1864, Part I: “The long agony is over” Army consolidation a “fixed fact”

Through the winter months of 1864, Colonel Charles C. Wainwright turned to the topic consolidation and reorganization with the same frequency as recruiting.  And in the last week of that March, all rumors about the Army of the Potomac’s organization ended when orders for the consolidation were posted.  So instead of the weather, on MarchContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 24, 1864, Part I: “The long agony is over” Army consolidation a “fixed fact””