April 1862… a pivotal month of the war

Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, generally called the “start” of the American Civil War.  I don’t know what to call the 155th other than just “155th.”  Likewise, I have no smart name for the 151st anniversaries of the surrender at Appomattox (last Saturday) or Lincoln’s assassination (coming Thursday).Continue reading “April 1862… a pivotal month of the war”

January 21, 1865: “We have never had more than four days’ forage ahead”: Limited supplies of fodder hinder Federal operations

On January 21, 1865, Major-General William T. Sherman sent a status to Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant.  You can read the full text of the letter, along with other correspondence from Sherman, in today’s entry on “Sherman’s Blog” (A good blog to follow, by the way). Likely you have read or heard part of that letter,Continue reading “January 21, 1865: “We have never had more than four days’ forage ahead”: Limited supplies of fodder hinder Federal operations”

Where was Grant’s Headquarters during his stay in Culpeper?

One could make the case that, on this day 150 years ago, the edifice which Lieutenant-General U.S. Grant called his headquarters was the most important building on the North American continent… for at least a moment in time.  From that house in Culpeper Court House, Grant controlled a massive army, spread from the Atlantic toContinue reading “Where was Grant’s Headquarters during his stay in Culpeper?”