May 9, 1864: “No greater loss could have befallen us” with the death of Sedgwick

If you’ve been following the sesquicentennial flow of events, you know May 8, 1864 was another day of furious battle as Federals tried, and failed, to gain Spotsylvania Court House.  May 9, however, was considered a “lull” in the fighting.  Though no major assaults took place, the two armies remained a few hundred yards apart. Continue reading “May 9, 1864: “No greater loss could have befallen us” with the death of Sedgwick”

Wainwright’s Diary, January 19, 1864: Fine huts and stables for the batteries

For January 19, 1864, Colonel Charles S. Wainwright began his diary entry with more observations about the commanders in the Federal army: We have no more news as to the corps consolidation; that is, nothing more decisive than the first report. Burnside has permission to raise his corps to 40,000 men. He is working forContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, January 19, 1864: Fine huts and stables for the batteries”