The Folwell letters, June 20, 1863: “We make the river 1475 feet wide”

On June 19, 1863, Captain William W. Folwell and Company I, 50th New York Engineers were among a detachment of engineer troops at the Mouth of the Monocacy.  Their original orders had them moving to Nolan’s Ferry with the intention of placing a bridge over the Potomac at that point.  They had even conducted a leaders’Continue reading “The Folwell letters, June 20, 1863: “We make the river 1475 feet wide””

April 1, 1865: “This has been the most momentous day of the war so far”: Five Forks, Sheridan, Warren, and what Wainwright saw

Colonel Charles S. Wainwright was right place to witness many things on April 1, 1865.  And he minced no words as to his emotions that Saturday on which a campaign turned: White Oak Road, April 1, 1865, Saturday: This has been the most momentous day of the war so far, I think; a glorious day;Continue reading “April 1, 1865: “This has been the most momentous day of the war so far”: Five Forks, Sheridan, Warren, and what Wainwright saw”

Wainwright’s Diary, March 31, 1864: “He rode along the line in a slouchy unobservant way”

An ongoing theme in Colonel Charles S. Wainwright’s diary through the winter of 1864 was the Army of the Potomac’s consolidation.  Though the consolidation and reorganization  orders for the infantry divisions came out earlier in the month, not until the next-to-last day of the month did Wainwright receive order pertaining to the artillery: March 31,Continue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 31, 1864: “He rode along the line in a slouchy unobservant way””