Al Sieber, a desperate charge at Gettysburg, and Geronimo

The records tell us more than 175,000 men fought at Gettysburg from July 1 to July 3, 1863.  And of course, we have, from that list of participants, thousands upon thousands of stories that are woven into the larger fabric of history.  We walk the grounds of Gettysburg today and can recall epic deeds, usuallyContinue reading “Al Sieber, a desperate charge at Gettysburg, and Geronimo”

Wainwright’s Diary, March 27, 1864: “… commanding the Artillery Brigade, Fifth Corps”

In his earlier diary entry, a question lingered over Colonel Charles S. Wainwright’s future.  With the Army of the Potomac’s consolidation, where would he go?  That answer came the next day, as he related in his next entry: March 27, Sunday. My position is now pretty well settled, and I shall hereafter sign myself asContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 27, 1864: “… commanding the Artillery Brigade, Fifth Corps””

Wainwright’s Diary, March 24, 1864, Part I: “The long agony is over” Army consolidation a “fixed fact”

Through the winter months of 1864, Colonel Charles C. Wainwright turned to the topic consolidation and reorganization with the same frequency as recruiting.  And in the last week of that March, all rumors about the Army of the Potomac’s organization ended when orders for the consolidation were posted.  So instead of the weather, on MarchContinue reading “Wainwright’s Diary, March 24, 1864, Part I: “The long agony is over” Army consolidation a “fixed fact””