Sherman’s March, May 14-17, 1865: Passing through old battlefields and crossing the Rappahannock

The last important river barrier for the armies of Major-General William T. Sherman in their march to Alexandria, Virgina was the Rappahannock River.  To gain crossing, the armies would cross through Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, with one column traversing Orange and Culpeper Counties.  That area of Virginia was the stage for so much of theContinue reading “Sherman’s March, May 14-17, 1865: Passing through old battlefields and crossing the Rappahannock”

May 9, 1864: “No greater loss could have befallen us” with the death of Sedgwick

If you’ve been following the sesquicentennial flow of events, you know May 8, 1864 was another day of furious battle as Federals tried, and failed, to gain Spotsylvania Court House.  May 9, however, was considered a “lull” in the fighting.  Though no major assaults took place, the two armies remained a few hundred yards apart. Continue reading “May 9, 1864: “No greater loss could have befallen us” with the death of Sedgwick”