“With the greatest exertion…”: Engineers complete the approaches for the James River crossing

Picking up from yesterday’s post, let us turn again to the report of Brigadier-General Godfrey Weitzel, Chief Engineer, Army of the James, in regard to preparations made to cross the Army of the Potomac, 150 years ago.  For June 13, Weitzel indicated that his capable subordinate, Lieutenant Peter Michie, was at Fort Powhatan and engaged:Continue reading ““With the greatest exertion…”: Engineers complete the approaches for the James River crossing”

“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”

The biggest rifle: 10-inch Parrott in Battery Strong

If Batteries Reno and Stevens were somewhat “same old, same old,” then Battery Strong was a one-off solution. Battery Strong stood roughly 20 yards to the left and behind Battery Stevens.  What made Battery Strong different from the others on in the breaching batteries was its armament – a single 10-inch (300-pounder) Parrott Rifle.  ThatContinue reading “The biggest rifle: 10-inch Parrott in Battery Strong”