Raccoon Ford Solar Farm update: Victory along the Rapidan, but follow through needed to complete win

Let me pass along an update on the threat to the Rapidan Fords, mentioned earlier this month. Cricket Solar, the project aimed at placing a large-scale solar farm in southern Culpeper County, formally withdrew their conditional use permit on August 26. Spokesperson for the project indicated Cricket Solar was taking the action in order toContinue reading “Raccoon Ford Solar Farm update: Victory along the Rapidan, but follow through needed to complete win”

“Boyle would have been hung”: The scapegoat for Butler’s failed raid

Yes, the Battle of Morton’s Ford was a diversion … poorly conceived diversion at that.  A diversion from what? In late January and early February 1864, Major-General Benjamin Butler, commanding the Army of the James on the Virginia Peninsula, gained information that the Confederate garrison of Richmond was weakened to support operations in North Carolina. Continue reading ““Boyle would have been hung”: The scapegoat for Butler’s failed raid”

Federal Artillery at Morton’s Ford: Good tactical execution in support of poor decisions

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the Federal crossing of the Rapidan, and the opening of the Battle of Morton’s Ford.  Although small compared to other major actions, Morton’s Ford was just as complex.  As alluded to in an earlier post, a “demonstration” is not an easy operation to pull off.  Though I’m no expertContinue reading “Federal Artillery at Morton’s Ford: Good tactical execution in support of poor decisions”