Fortification Friday: Abattis and Slashings, let us get a clear VIEW these OBSTACLES

Last Friday we considered Abattis (Mahan’s spelling, which I’ll honor in this discussion) and how those obstacles were placed to enhance the defense.  We also considered descriptions offered by Colonel Junius Brutus Wheeler in his 1882 edition of the West Point curriculum on field fortifications.  The material used to construct an abattis was, of course,Continue reading “Fortification Friday: Abattis and Slashings, let us get a clear VIEW these OBSTACLES”

“There is a general attack as per diagram”: Wilderness Day One – No overlays, or Blue Force Tracker, just hand-drawn maps

One interesting set of artifacts from the Official Records pertaining to events 150 years ago today (May 5) is a couple of maps added to correspondence between officers in the Army of the Potomac.  There are actually several of these, but let me focus on two in particular. First there is this message from Major-GeneralContinue reading ““There is a general attack as per diagram”: Wilderness Day One – No overlays, or Blue Force Tracker, just hand-drawn maps”

Marching Through Loudoun: June 26, 1863

On June 25, 1863, Loudoun County witnessed a lot of movement.  Even more Federal troops were on the move on June 26.  In the evening of the 25th, Major-General Joseph Hooker issued orders for the next day: The following movements of troops will take place to-morrow, the 26th instant, viz: I. The Twelfth Corps (Leesburg)Continue reading “Marching Through Loudoun: June 26, 1863”