“The Coehorn mortars were employed wherever circumstances would permit”: Mortars at Spotsylvania

When the Army of the Potomac broke winter quarters in early May 1864, the Artillery Reserve brought along a somewhat novel weapon – 24-pdr Coehorn mortars. Eight of these mortars, with 100 shells each, traveled with the reserve park, manned by Company E, 15th New York Heavy Artillery.  Of their performance and utilization, Brigadier-General HenryContinue reading ““The Coehorn mortars were employed wherever circumstances would permit”: Mortars at Spotsylvania”

Wilderness-Spotsylvania 150ths schedule announced

Several readers have asked about the next round of National Park Service 150th events.  I noticed today that Fredericksburg-Spotsylvania National Military Park has several dates posted: In 1864, the eyes of the nation turned to Virginia, where it seemed the fate of the war would be decided. New to the war in the East, UlyssesContinue reading “Wilderness-Spotsylvania 150ths schedule announced”