April 1862… a pivotal month of the war

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, generally called the “start” of the American Civil War.  I don’t know what to call the 155th other than just “155th.”  Likewise, I have no smart name for the 151st anniversaries of the surrender at Appomattox (last Saturday) or Lincoln’s assassination (coming Thursday).Continue reading “April 1862… a pivotal month of the war”

150 years ago: The Guns of Malvern Hill

Today is the 150th anniversary of the battle of Malvern Hill, fought on July 1, 1862.  The battle is considered the “end” of the Seven Days Battles, although the Peninsula Campaign continued as the Federals retreated to Harrison’s Landing.  The battle was, in the operational sense, a net zero.  The Confederates attacked and were repulsed,Continue reading “150 years ago: The Guns of Malvern Hill”