April 1862… a pivotal month of the war

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, generally called the “start” of the American Civil War.  I don’t know what to call the 155th other than just “155th.”  Likewise, I have no smart name for the 151st anniversaries of the surrender at Appomattox (last Saturday) or Lincoln’s assassination (coming Thursday).Continue reading “April 1862… a pivotal month of the war”

Wainwright’s Diary, March 3, 1864: “Unless Kilpatrick attempts something rash.”

One way to look at the Army of the Potomac’s winter camp of 1864 was not so much a “camp” but a series of rests between demonstrations and raids.  Be it the demonstration at Morton’s Ford or the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid (of which Brigadier-General George A. Custer’s demonstration was a part), some activity kept the armyContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 3, 1864: “Unless Kilpatrick attempts something rash.””