April 2, 1865: “As near as I can judge I expended about 1,000 rounds of ammunition” bombarding Petersburg’s lines

Victory at Five Forks on April 1, 1865 allowed Federal forces to sever the last major supply line – the South Side Railroad – into Petersburg from the west. With that, Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant put in motion his plan to shatter the Petersburg defenses.  Shortly after receiving news from Five Forks, Grant ordered aContinue reading “April 2, 1865: “As near as I can judge I expended about 1,000 rounds of ammunition” bombarding Petersburg’s lines”

Wainwright’s Diary, April 21, 1864: “We have two more warning notes of a start”

Another diary entry for Colonel Charles S. Wainwright.  Another report on the weather: April 21, Thursday. Since Monday morning we have had fine, bright sunshine.  The peach trees are in blossom, and the leaves of the earlier forest trees bursting out from the buds.  Still the snow lies white along the ridge of the BlueContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, April 21, 1864: “We have two more warning notes of a start””

Comparing and contrasting corps artillery: ANV and AOP

Read any general history of the Civil War, and you are sure to find at least one passage explaining the Federal dominance with the artillery arm.  The line something like, “The Confederates had good artillerists, but lacked the modern Napoleons and rifles to match with the Federals.”  But I don’t like generalizations.  How about someContinue reading “Comparing and contrasting corps artillery: ANV and AOP”