The Folwell letters, June 28, 1863: “I thought the Rear Guard would never get over.”

Over the course of three days, June 25-27, 1863, the Army of the Potomac crossed at Edwards Ferry into Maryland.  These troops would move up the roads through Maryland and within a few days be engaged at Gettysburg, some say to decide the course of the war.  But all of that was in the futureContinue reading “The Folwell letters, June 28, 1863: “I thought the Rear Guard would never get over.””

Cavalry Tactics: Evolution of drill regulations

Going back to my “archives” to a post from the old days, let me mention Captain Alonzo Gray’s “Cavalry Tactics as Illustrated by the War of the Rebellion.”  That work has flaws, particularly from the stance of military professional reading (as in he completely missed a lot of important factors which would preclude the useContinue reading “Cavalry Tactics: Evolution of drill regulations”

Siege Mortars: A War of 1812 Veteran begats Civil War models

More mortar talk today. Allow me to highlight an artifact that bridges between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Thus far, my posts on mortars have focused on the seacoast mortars. Although designed for coastal defense, as highlighted in previous entries, the Army and Navy pressed those heavy mortars into use reducing ConfederateContinue reading “Siege Mortars: A War of 1812 Veteran begats Civil War models”