The Folwell letters, June 19, 1863: “Farewell to my visions of clean shirts and stockings.”

In the previous installment, we followed Captain William W. Folwell as he, Company I of the 50th New York Engineers, and pontoon equipment barged up the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal on June 18, 1863, heading for Nolan’s Ferry.  At times, Folwell’s narrative seemed dreamy, somewhat distant from the war.  Yet at other parts, the warContinue reading “The Folwell letters, June 19, 1863: “Farewell to my visions of clean shirts and stockings.””

Walk in the Army of the Potomac’s footsteps – Bridging the Potomac, Edwards Ferry Tour: June 30, 2015

Over the last couple of years, I’ve received several inquiries about repeating the tours of Edwards Ferry given at the time of the sesquicentennial.  Last year everyone, including me, was tied up with 1864 events.  But we don’t have that excuse this year! Here’s the details: What: Bridging the Potomac: Edwards Ferry, 152nd Anniversary ofContinue reading “Walk in the Army of the Potomac’s footsteps – Bridging the Potomac, Edwards Ferry Tour: June 30, 2015”

Marching Through Loudoun: June 28, 1863

As the morning broke over Loudoun County on June 28, 1863, not only had the Army of the Potomac completed its passing, but also the Army of Northern Virginia… of course save some Confederate cavalry posted on the Blue Ridge and what stragglers remained from the long marches. The engineers completed the task of pullingContinue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 28, 1863”