Posts about the Winter Encampment of the Army of the Potomac in 1864
Skirmish at Rio Hill (demonstration supporting the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid)
Cavalry commander complains of the infantry detailed to support the pickets.
A network of signal stations in the Winter Encampment, which gathered much intelligence for the Federals during the winter. The hub of which was on Pony Mountain. And consideration of those signal stations relative to the picket lines.
Hunt proposes more field grade officers in the artillery, Heavy (foot) Artillery to support field batteries, and restructuring the sutler arrangements. The 6th New York Heavy Artillery was already attached to the Army of the Potomac at that time.
Consolidation, reorganization of the Army of the Potomac:
– With respect to the artillery, Hunt and Wainwright share ideas.
– A look at the final plan for artillery consolidation.
– Hunt proposes Abbot to lead the army’s siege train.
Redesign of the bridge pontoons (photos from the Engineer Camp)
The pontoon bridge at Wellford’s Ford (photo analysis)
Organization of Pioneer Corps for the Overland Campaign
Objections to the use of USCT to garrison Maryland’s Eastern Shore
Spring snow in the Winter Encampment
Colonel Charles S. Wainwright’s diary:
December 27: Going into Winter Quarters
January 7: Cold weather
January 10: Camp politics
January 14: State of the batteries
January 17: A fine Sunday
January 19: Huts and stables for the batteries
January 28: Training the batteries
February 4: Colonel Wainwright requests leave to recruit
February 16: Wainwright on leave
February 26: Wainwright prepares to return
February 29: Wainwright back in camp
March 6: Spring weather on the way
March 13: Dealing with camp rumors
March 17: Observations from camp
March 20: “Nothing of note has happened“
March 27: Commander of Artillery, Fifth Corps
March 31: Review by General Grant
April 3: “They will ruin Grant.”
April 7: A warm day of sunshine
April 10: A rainstorm!
April 17: More rain, preparing for the campaign
April 24: Warm days and clouds of rumors
April 28: “We should all howl in unison“
And the Confederate side:
The conscript/volunteer problem – Lee asks for an equal distribution, the Confederate recruiting office complains there are abuses in South Carolina, and Beauregard responds. Cavalry commanders propose a swap of regiments. But reenlistment efforts met some success.