Category Archives: Military Matters

first anniversary

A year after Gettysburg, General Meade reflected on his great victory in a letter to his wife. From The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade … (page 210): HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 3. 1864. We are not … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Week, Gettysburg Campaign, Military Matters, Northern Society | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

onions, pickles …

and water The United States Sanitary Commission was accepting donations of produce for the Army of the Potomac. From The New-York Times June 30, 1864: ONIONS FOR THE ARMY Arrangements having been made for the transportation of vegetables to the … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters, Northern Society, Siege of Petersburg | Tagged , | Leave a comment

suffering in the trenches

Sharpshooters making men lie low in extreme heat From the Richmond Daily Dispatch June 28, 1864: From the Southside. Saturday was an extremely hot and dusty the even the usual sharpshooting and picket firing between the armies in front of … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters, Siege of Petersburg | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

cat fight

From the June 25, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly at Son of the South: It wasn’t just Grant that was determined. On June 24, 1864 General Meade, commander of the Army of the Potomac, expressed a desire for peace but … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters, Overland Campaign, Siege of Petersburg | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

missing Stonewall

A couple correspondents from the New York 1st Veteran cavalry maintained that the Union occupation of Staunton, Virginia in early June 1864 was quite well-received by the citizens. SENECA said everything was passing off quite smoothly as the Union demolished … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Month, Military Matters | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

bushwacker aversion

The SENECA correspondent has written many letters about the exploits of New York’s 1st Veteran Cavalry. The following is a different take on the death of Captain Brett, the battle of Piedmont, and the brutal march over the mountains with … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Month, Military Matters | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“was left behind”

As part of General William F. Smith’s 18th corps, New York’s 148th Infantry took part of the first assault on Petersburg on June 15, 1864. The rebels captured a squad from the regiment acting as sharp-shooters. Here’s the second extract … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters, Overland Campaign | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brothers at Cold Harbor

If I’m reading this right, a soldier mortally wounded at Cold Harbor had his remains back home and buried a week later. It probably helped that his brother could identify him and take charge of his embalmed body. From the … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Month, 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters, Overland Campaign | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

mountain march

SENECA was pleased as Punch that he could write home about the Union success at Piedmont, but there was a problem even in victory – what to do with the all those captured rebels. Come to find out, the New … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Month, 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

“the suppressic veri and the suggestio falsi”

going to hurt me more than you? From the June 11, 1864 edition of Harper’s Weekly at Son of the South: Also 150 years ago this week, a Richmond paper noticed that Union Secretary of War Stanton’s telegrams to General … Continue reading

Posted in 150 Years Ago This Week, Military Matters, Northern Politics During War, Northern Society, Overland Campaign, Southern Society | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment