The Folwell letters, June 28, 1863: “I thought the Rear Guard would never get over.”

Over the course of three days, June 25-27, 1863, the Army of the Potomac crossed at Edwards Ferry into Maryland.  These troops would move up the roads through Maryland and within a few days be engaged at Gettysburg, some say to decide the course of the war.  But all of that was in the futureContinue reading “The Folwell letters, June 28, 1863: “I thought the Rear Guard would never get over.””

“A very severe hand-to-hand fight”: Buford holds the door open for Kilpatrick

Before picking up from yesterday’s post, let me thank Bud Hall and Jim Nolan for helping me to better understand the series of actions in this early phase of the Bristoe Campaign. We left off on the morning of October 11 (that would be 150 years ago today), with Brigadier-General John Buford’s First Division, CavalryContinue reading ““A very severe hand-to-hand fight”: Buford holds the door open for Kilpatrick”

Marching BACK through Loudoun: Return of the Army of the Potomac

Careful you don’t get whiplash as I shift between theaters. Last month I offered a series of posts detailing the movement of the Army of the Potomac through Loudoun. But let’s not forget the Army of the Potomac came back through Loudoun during the later half of July 1863. My research into that movement isContinue reading “Marching BACK through Loudoun: Return of the Army of the Potomac”