June 11, 1864: Battle of Trevilian Station

Originally posted on Almost Chosen People:
The largest all cavalry battle of the War, the battle of Trevilian Station occurred during a raid by Major General Philip Sheridan leading 9000 Union troopers.? Grant ordered the raid with a two-fold purpose:? first to draw off Confederate cavalry as he prepared to disengage from Cold Harbor and…

Lincoln: The Deepest Sadness

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
Abraham Lincoln “It is hard, hard to have him die.” Man of Sadness Most historians agree that Abraham Lincoln, when he wasn’t laughing and telling droll stories, was a generally sad man. He described his upbringing as the “annals of the poor.” His mother died when he was nine.…

On Experimentation

The American experience has always been built on experimentation… Our very existence doubted by most of the world, the optimism of Thomas Jefferson became essential to the survival of our republican experiment. As the election of 1796 loomed… the friendship between Jefferson and John Adams waned.  Jefferson reminded his friend of their experiment:   “IContinue reading “On Experimentation”

Cold Harbor Reconsidered

“I have always regretted that the last assault at Cold Harbor was ever made.” – US Grant With that observation in his best-selling memoir… Grant started the historical firestorm around the second-to-last battle of the Overland Campaign. Through the years and volumes documenting every facet of the war, Cold Harbor has come to symbolize theContinue reading “Cold Harbor Reconsidered”

Reynolds and Destiny

Lincoln summoned Major General John F. Reynolds to the White House on June 2, 1863. The situation was pressing as Lee’s army continued its drive northward. Reynolds left his beloved First Corps on the dusty roads of Virginia to hear the entreaties of his Commander-in-Chief. No firsthand accounts remain, but a preponderance of evidence indicateContinue reading “Reynolds and Destiny”