“The Second Corps… will move to the vicinity of Morton’s Ford” – orders posted 150 years ago

Thus far discussing the 1864 Winter Encampment, I’ve offered examples of camp building, reenlistment drives, training, and other comparatively “quiet” activities.  But let us turn to a noisy military operation.  On this day (February 5) in 1864, acting commander of the Army of the Potomac, Major-General John Sedgwick, issued (reluctantly I might add) these orders:Continue reading ““The Second Corps… will move to the vicinity of Morton’s Ford” – orders posted 150 years ago”

150 years ago: Combined arms force “to disperse and destroy” enemy vicinity of Culpeper

Orders issued on this day (June 7) in 1863, from Major-General Joseph Hooker’s headquarters at Falmouth, Virginia, to Brigadier-General Alfred Pleasonton, commanding the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac: HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Camp near Falmouth, Va., June 7, 1863. Commanding Officer Cavalry Corps: I am directed by the major-general commanding toContinue reading “150 years ago: Combined arms force “to disperse and destroy” enemy vicinity of Culpeper”