150 Years Ago: Reorganizing the “Long Arm of Lee”

Shortly into January 1863, Brigadier General William N. Pendleton, Chief of Artillery for the Army of Northern Virginia (ANV), assigned two officers to inspection duties. Major G.W. Nelson inspected First Corps and the General Reserve artillery. Lieutenant Edmond P. Dandridge looked to the Second Corps artillery. By early February, Pendleton had enough information from theContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Reorganizing the “Long Arm of Lee””

150 Years Ago: Tredegar wanted block tin for Xmas

On December 5, 1862, well before the battle of Fredericksburg, General Robert E. Lee voiced his displeasure about the artillery types supplied to his Army.  In a letter to Secretary of War James Seddon, he wrote: During the past campaign I have felt, in every battle, the advantages that the enemy possessed over us inContinue reading “150 Years Ago: Tredegar wanted block tin for Xmas”

150 Years ago: Right out my front door!

Well, 150 years ago today (September 4, 1862), a good portion of the Army of Northern Virginia marched into Leesburg just a couple blocks away from my front porch. There were no trees or houses in the way back then, so I could have watched the procession (although I my front porch was not aroundContinue reading “150 Years ago: Right out my front door!”