Tag Archives: Army of the Potomac

“noble devotion”

From The New-York Times June 30, 1865: ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.; Maj.-Gen. Meade’s Farewell Order. WASHINGTON, Thursday, June 29. The farewell order of Gen. MEADE is published. It is as follows: HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 28, … Continue reading

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what’s next?

President Lincoln wasn’t afraid to swap horses midstream of the rebel invasion back in 1863. Thankfully for the Union cause, George Gordon Meade, the new commander of the Army of the Potomac, sure knew how to play defense against the … Continue reading

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bewildered

As a local paper in the Finger Lakes region began compiling information about the early February fight around Hatcher’s Run, it criticized someone’s praise of General Grant’s tactics in an action that cost 800 Union casualties. From a Seneca County, … Continue reading

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“the Yankees were moving”

As “Lee’s Adjutant”, Walter Taylor, wrote to his girlfriend, 150 years ago today he had to leave church service early because he received word that, groundhog-like, the Union army had aroused itself from winter slumber and was on the move. … Continue reading

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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

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Sunday drive

150 years ago today General Meade provided another balanced assessment of his new boss. From The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade … (page 191): HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, April 24, 1864. Cram and John Cadwalader arrived yesterday … Continue reading

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Flanders … again?

150 years ago this week a Northern paper expressed surprise that General Grant would focus his attention on the worn-out Virginia theater. After all, the new Commander-in-Chief of all the Union armies was from out west, where most the momentum … Continue reading

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out with a lion

Many of the articles in the Seneca Falls public library notebook of Civil War clippings have the month and year handwritten in ink on them. The following has the complete date. From a Seneca County, New York newspaper on March … Continue reading

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reprieve

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in March 1864: SENTENCED TO BE SHOT. – At a recent court martial, presided over by Capt. Winfield Scott, of the 126th Regiment, private Chas. Audler, of the 108th Regiment, was tried, convicted, … Continue reading

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threats north and west

150 years ago today General Meade, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, was concerned about the Committee on the Conduct of the War, which was investigating his performance at and after Gettysburg. Moreover, General Grant, the new overall … Continue reading

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