June 4, 1864: Mortars to the front

Even though June 3, 1864 at Cold Harbor is best recalled as an infantryman’s fight, as mentioned yesterday, the Fifth Corps artillery launched over eighteen tons of ordnance towards the Confederate lines.  While massed batteries, as done with great effect just miles to the south at Malvern Hill in 1862, was not an applicable tacticalContinue reading “June 4, 1864: Mortars to the front”

150 years ago: Lee’s Long Arm “in the best possible condition… without an hour’s delay”

I’m having a bit of trouble here.  The Civil War 150th timelines have reached high tide.  I have trouble keeping up on several fronts!  One thread I’ve pulled on since the winter is the health of the artillery batteries in the Army of Northern Virginia.  I’ve looked at the shortage of guns and how thatContinue reading “150 years ago: Lee’s Long Arm “in the best possible condition… without an hour’s delay””

Guns “unservicable for want of horses”: Artillery in the aftermath of Chancellorsville

Reading some materials posted on other venues, you might think the Army of Northern Virginia stood still from May 6-11, 1863 as the drama of Guinea Station played out.  We forget, armies are like living creatures.  There are always men engaged in the act of just “being.”  The work of the army continues despite theContinue reading “Guns “unservicable for want of horses”: Artillery in the aftermath of Chancellorsville”