Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – Heavy Artillery

Let me give the heavy artillery batteries, battalions, and regiments their due for this quarter of the summary.  While looking at each of the state sections, we’ve mentioned a few of these batteries.  But not the whole.  The omission, by those at the Ordnance Department, was mostly due to bureaucratic definitions than any overt action.Continue reading “Summary Statement, 2nd Quarter, 1863 – Heavy Artillery”

“The weakest feature in this line of works… is their liability to be surprised.”: Washington Defenses May 1864

On this day (May 17) in 1864, Brigadier-General Albion P. Howe, inspector of artillery (and former division commander in the Army of the Potomac’s Sixth Corps), submitted a lengthy report examining the defenses of Washington, D.C.  The Secretary of War assigned this task to Howe in late April.  No doubt the justification for this inspectionContinue reading ““The weakest feature in this line of works… is their liability to be surprised.”: Washington Defenses May 1864″

Monocacy – Fort Stevens 150th schedules

I know… I know… we are not finished with the Overland Campaign 150th yet.  The voices of the rangers are still echoing through the Wilderness.  Yet, I’ve got to look at the big picture here and consider the “long game” in this Sesquicentennial Campaign of 2014! Monocacy National Battlefield, in a series of releases, postedContinue reading “Monocacy – Fort Stevens 150th schedules”