Where in the world is the Siege Train on June 18, 1864? Not where Grant wanted it to be!

When formed, or more accurately, reformed,  in April 1864, the siege train for the Army of the Potomac was intended as a resource to call upon as the army neared Richmond. When the initial assaults on Petersburg failed to gain their objective, it was time to call upon the siege train.  So was that “train”Continue reading “Where in the world is the Siege Train on June 18, 1864? Not where Grant wanted it to be!”

Abbot to Hunt: “Every step has been taken to hurry forward…”

In April 1864, Brigadier-General Henry Hunt sent recommendations and instructions to form a siege train supporting the Army of the Potomac’s next campaign.  On the first day of May 1864, Colonel Henry Abbot sent an update on his preparations toward that end: Fort Richardson, VA., May 1, 1864. Brig. Gen. Henry J. Hunt, Chief ofContinue reading “Abbot to Hunt: “Every step has been taken to hurry forward…””

“It is a cross between the gun and mortar without the advantages of either”: Hunt’s dislike of howitzers (again)

On April 23, 1864, Brigadier-General Henry Hunt passed additional instructions on to Colonel Henry L. Abbot, who was tapped to form and lead a siege train held in reserve for the Army of the Potomac.  Abbot’s task was not necessarily daunting, but required attention to detail to meet specific requirements.  Should a siege train beContinue reading ““It is a cross between the gun and mortar without the advantages of either”: Hunt’s dislike of howitzers (again)”