“Cause the pontoon bridge to be taken up”: The Bridge at Wellford’s Ford

Very likely you have seen this photograph before: This is a pontoon bridge placed over the Hazel River at Wellford’s Ford during the winter of 1864.  An excellent study of pontoon bridging, as it was done in the Civil War. And a lot of interesting characters and features in the photograph. On the north sideContinue reading ““Cause the pontoon bridge to be taken up”: The Bridge at Wellford’s Ford”

“The Second Corps… will move to the vicinity of Morton’s Ford” – orders posted 150 years ago

Thus far discussing the 1864 Winter Encampment, I’ve offered examples of camp building, reenlistment drives, training, and other comparatively “quiet” activities.  But let us turn to a noisy military operation.  On this day (February 5) in 1864, acting commander of the Army of the Potomac, Major-General John Sedgwick, issued (reluctantly I might add) these orders:Continue reading ““The Second Corps… will move to the vicinity of Morton’s Ford” – orders posted 150 years ago”