150 years ago: Lee’s Long Arm “in the best possible condition… without an hour’s delay”

I’m having a bit of trouble here.  The Civil War 150th timelines have reached high tide.  I have trouble keeping up on several fronts!  One thread I’ve pulled on since the winter is the health of the artillery batteries in the Army of Northern Virginia.  I’ve looked at the shortage of guns and how thatContinue reading “150 years ago: Lee’s Long Arm “in the best possible condition… without an hour’s delay””

Putting the punch in the Long Arm of Lee: Tredegar rearms the ANV

Back in February I presented a thread discussing the reforms and re-equipping of the Army of Northern Virginia in January-February 1863. One of those posts included a discussion of the guns delivered by Tredegar that February. As I related in that post, Tredegar delivered only sixteen field pieces that month. And at that rate, theContinue reading “Putting the punch in the Long Arm of Lee: Tredegar rearms the ANV”

Guns “unservicable for want of horses”: Artillery in the aftermath of Chancellorsville

Reading some materials posted on other venues, you might think the Army of Northern Virginia stood still from May 6-11, 1863 as the drama of Guinea Station played out.  We forget, armies are like living creatures.  There are always men engaged in the act of just “being.”  The work of the army continues despite theContinue reading “Guns “unservicable for want of horses”: Artillery in the aftermath of Chancellorsville”