“In anticipation of the crossing of the James…”: Engineers begin preparing for Grant’s move 150 years ago

In the evening of June 11, Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant sent a dispatch to Major-General Benjamin F. Butler, commanding the Army of the James on the south side of the James River.  In part, that message read: The movement to transfer [the Army of the Potomac] to the south side of the Jame River will commenceContinue reading ““In anticipation of the crossing of the James…”: Engineers begin preparing for Grant’s move 150 years ago”

150 years ago: Fireworks on the James – capture of the CSS Teaser

One hundred and fifty years ago today (July 4, 1862), Lieutenant Hunter Davidson, commanding the armed tug CSS Teaser, headed down the James River to place torpedoes (mines) and generally reconnoiter the Federal positions near Harrison’s Landing.  Meanwhile, the gunboat USS Maratanza, commanded by Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, was also on a reconnaissance of the riverContinue reading “150 years ago: Fireworks on the James – capture of the CSS Teaser”

Invoicing Drewry’s Bluff

Somebody’s got to supply the pieces and parts that wars are fought with.  And that often leads to a paperwork trail.  The J.R. Anderson & Company section of the Confederate Citizen’s Files provides numerous examples of such.  On occasion the billing details are sufficient to link a specific “part” to a historical event.  Such isContinue reading “Invoicing Drewry’s Bluff”