The Folwell letters, June 21, 1863: “…we had a fine bridge 1340 ft. long.”

Last week, we left Captain William W. Folwell at Edwards Ferry with night approaching on June 20, 1863.  That date and place are important to the discussion of the Gettysburg Campaign.  The first bridge over the Potomac at that point would later provide the path for the Army of the Potomac to move north.  Not toContinue reading “The Folwell letters, June 21, 1863: “…we had a fine bridge 1340 ft. long.””

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””

Question: Was this man incompetent?

No, seriously.  How would you describe Ambrose Burnside’s generalship? What words would you chose to describe him? Where I’m going with this – what is at the heart of the “ratings” we often give to a general and his performance?  Burnside just happens to be a handy target example to select, given the upcoming AntietamContinue reading “Question: Was this man incompetent?”