Petersburg as “Lee’s Keep”- in the grand strategic sense

Another great weekend at Longwood University for the Civil War Seminar (hosted by the university and the Appomattox NHP).  For those who could not attend, CSPAN was on site recording for the morning talks. I’m not sure when those will be rebroadcast, so “consult your local listings.” Unfortunately, the CSPAN crew did not record theContinue reading “Petersburg as “Lee’s Keep”- in the grand strategic sense”

Fortification Friday: Plans for simple “intrenchments” – Part 2, Enclosed Redoubts

In last Friday’s installment, we discussed some of Mahan’s “simple intrenchments,” specifically the open fortifications commonly used.  The other works mentioned by Mahan were “enclosed” fortifications – in the sense that these offered no open gorge lines.  And enclosed implied that the plan of the works formed a polygon of some sort.  Also keep inContinue reading “Fortification Friday: Plans for simple “intrenchments” – Part 2, Enclosed Redoubts”

Sesquicentennial Observation: The last great surge for Civil War battlefield preservation… why?

During the last four years, as I “walked and talked” the Civil War sesquicentennial, there were many observations which I rolled about at the pace of my footsteps.  A post-sesquicentennial objective of mine is to fill some of those out and share here as blog posts.  One of those is already up.  Today I’ll continueContinue reading “Sesquicentennial Observation: The last great surge for Civil War battlefield preservation… why?”