Category Archives: Military Matters

strength and peace

150 years ago today President Lincoln

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convalescing

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invasion digest

A Democrat paper recapped Jubal Early’s July invasion. Lee had Grant stymied at Petersburg, so the Confederate force could drive north and achieve some well-defined objectives. By the time this article was published the rebels had already recrossed the Potomac. … Continue reading

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“natal day” blues

SENECA reported that the Union army got pushed out of the Shenandoah Valley again. On July 4th his New York 1st Veteran Cavalry was crossing the Potomac – in retreat, pursued by the rebels. From a Seneca County, New York … Continue reading

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disloyalty?

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 12, 1864: Local matters. … Application for a discharge from military service. –Through his counsel, Hon. James Lyons and Gen. Geo. W. Randolph, R. D’Orsey Ogden, manager of the Richmond Theatre, made an application … Continue reading

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conscientious objector?

Life could be dangerous for an enrolling officer, even if he was armed and had guards. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 11, 1864: Local matters. Attempt to murder an enrolling officer. –On Thursday last an attempt was made to … Continue reading

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pump for patients

From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 9, 1864: Additional from the North. From Northern papers; of the 4th inst, we gather a variety of interesting intelligence, which we condense in the summary below: … With the consent of Gen Grant, … Continue reading

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horseless cavalry

Here’s another one paragraph letter from H.B. Compson, a young Cavalry officer, describing “one of the greatest raids of the war”, in which Compson and others lost their horses as they covered a ‘retrograde movement’ and had to make their … Continue reading

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bridge engineers

News filtered back that a soldier from Seneca Falls and his men did good work building a bridge for the Army of the Potomac in June. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in July 1864: THE 50TH N.Y. ENGINEERS. … Continue reading

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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

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