Category Archives: Military Matters

“though partially successful failed”

The September 29, 1864 Union attack at Chaffin’s Farm was audible in Richmond. The Richmond Daily Dispatch was not published on September 30th because Virginia Governor William “Extra Billy” Smith ordered the newspaper’s employees to militia duty on the 29th. … Continue reading

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heroic 148th

You can read all about the September 29, 1864 Battle of Chaffin’s Farm and New Market Heights at Civil War Daily Gazette. During the battle the 148th New York Volunteer Infantry fought as part of General Ord’s XVIII Corps, 2nd … Continue reading

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genius vs. scum

Some more Monday morning defiant optimism from the editors at the Richmond Daily Dispatch on September 26, 1864: Monday morning…September 26, 1864. That we are approaching a very critical period of our existence as a people in certain. Within one … Continue reading

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“The battle raged all day”

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in September 1864: Another Battle. A desperate engagement took place at Opequan Creek [sic], in the Shenandoah Valley on Monday last, between the forces under Gen. Sheridan and those commanded by Gen. Early. … Continue reading

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justices of the peace off to war?

9-23-2014: I apologize for putting up misleading information in the following post. Please read Scott Mingus’ comment below. Thank you, Luke Martens Long-time Virginia politician William “Extra Billy” Smith served in the Confederate army until just after Gettysburg. He was … Continue reading

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Crosses’ purpose

fought for “the U.S. Army In the War of the Rebellion” When I started wandering through Restvale Cemetery in Seneca Falls, New York looking for old grave stones decorated with new American flags, I was naturally drawn to a plot … Continue reading

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calling on negroes, the disabled

… and legislators? “X” from Petersburg is concerned about getting more men into the Confederacy’s armies to try to at least partially offset additions to Northern forces. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch September 12, 1864: From General Lee’s Army. (From … Continue reading

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semper fi

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“new thinning out”

September 1864 was another draft month in the North. Here’s some sarcasm, first from a paper in central New York State and then from the Richmond Dispatch as it reported on Ohio Governor John Brough’s warning against draft resistance. From … Continue reading

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“bulldog grip”

Things are a bit slower up here in the country, especially when you publish a non-daily paper. Here’s a digest of some recent operations on two major fronts. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper on September 1, 1864: War … Continue reading

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