Tag Archives: Peninsula Campaign

A Banner Day

It is written that James B. Hitchcock had enrolled in Company K of the 44th New York Volunteer Infantry. He performed heroically during an unspecified battle during the Seven Days. From a Seneca Falls, New York newspaper in 1862: A … Continue reading

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Pristine Farm Stands Out Like Sore Thumb

Well, Mr. Dudley can’t sell liquor anymore. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 21, 1862: A Richmond merchant arrested for alleged disloyalty. –Mr. T. Dudley, Jr., the well known liquor merchant, who formerly did business on the North side of … Continue reading

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“we must be driven into the river”

This is basically a recruiting letter from a member of the 50th New York Engineers. No one seems to doubt that the Union Army of the Potomac is outnumbered by General Lee’s army. Another reason for the writer’s sense of … Continue reading

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A Stickin’ Surgeon?

From A Seneca Falls, New York newspaper in July, 1862: Dr S.R. Wells a Prisoner Intelligence has been received at Waterloo, from Washington, stating that Dr. SAMUEL R. WELLES, of that place, is a prisoner in the Confederate ranks. The … Continue reading

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A Masterly Retreat

Here’s a long letter home from 150 years ago this week that talks mostly about the Seven Days’ Battles. The 33rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s main fight was the relatively minor Battle of Garnett’s & Golding’s Farm – the … Continue reading

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Git!

According to this image by Alfred R. Waud, 150 years ago this week some Virginia farmers were taking their shots at Union troops on the James:

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“Don’t feel much like writing.”

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1862: Letter from Col. Taylor. The Rochester Democrat of Monday publishes the following extract from a letter written by Col. TAYLOR, of the 33d Regiment, to his wife, in that city: HARRISON’S … Continue reading

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Our National Renown …

… depends on crushing the rebellion 150 years ago today the editors at The New-York Times came to grips with the fact that the Union Army of the Potomac was not going to be capturing Richmond any time soon. In … Continue reading

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“two immense omnibuses”

used to transport the wounded in Petersburg The Seven Days’ Battles were bloody; some of the Confederate wounded were being sent to Petersburg From the Richmond Daily Dispatch July 2, 1862: The old adage of the right thing in the … Continue reading

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Rear Guard in the Swamp

The Battle of White Oak Swamp was fought 150 years ago today. William Farrar Smith was promoted for his “gallantry” during the battle. The following image is from U.S. History Images: Robert Knox Sneden mapped the June 30th troop positions:

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