Petersburg as “Lee’s Keep”- in the grand strategic sense

Another great weekend at Longwood University for the Civil War Seminar (hosted by the university and the Appomattox NHP).  For those who could not attend, CSPAN was on site recording for the morning talks. I’m not sure when those will be rebroadcast, so “consult your local listings.” Unfortunately, the CSPAN crew did not record theContinue reading “Petersburg as “Lee’s Keep”- in the grand strategic sense”

Fortification Friday: Talking about the Palisades… but not the park!

There, you have Freddie Cannon in your head. But we need to segue from that “Cannon” over to discuss one of the obstructions that engineers would put in front of cannons placed in Civil War forts – palisades.  In his pre-war text on field fortifications, Mahan described palisades as such: Palisades. A palisade is aContinue reading “Fortification Friday: Talking about the Palisades… but not the park!”

Marching Through Georgia: November 16, 1864, a day of poor foraging

Having “uncoiled” from Atlanta on November 15, 1864, the armies of Major-General William T. Sherman put several miles behind them for the first day of their March to the Sea.  The “hurry up and wait” was made worse by poor march discipline, particularly with the wagon trains moving in the column. Although the complaints cameContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia: November 16, 1864, a day of poor foraging”