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”

Memorial Day Tribute

Thomas Jefferson Truitt enlisted in… Company D of the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers on July 24, 1861.  He was a carpenter working near Kellersburg in Armstrong County PA.  His father, Anderson, died suddenly in October of 1860, leaving the family deep in debt and without a steady income.  To make ends meet, the widowed Sarah CaldwellContinue reading “Memorial Day Tribute”

William McKinley: The Best Career Move

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
Major William McKinley At the suggestion of General Rutherford B. Hayes, William McKinley decided to study law. The Hard-Knocks Youth of William McKinley Born in Niles, raised in the little village of Poland, Ohio, William McKinley, Jr. was the seventh of nine children. His father was a hard working…

Second Winchester Battlefield in Frederick County, Virginia

Originally posted on M.A. Kleen:
In the first major infantry battle of the Gettysburg Campaign, Confederate forces dealt a crushing blow to Union designs in the Shenandoah. Today you can visit the remains of a fort where they fought. Click to expand photos… The battles of Second Winchester and Stephenson’s Depot were fought from…

Lincoln’s Duty

In his first inaugural address, Lincoln was prophetic. He told the nation that a civil war would only be started by their “dissatisfied fellow countrymen” actively looking to destroy the Constitution. Lincoln did not recognize secession, and rightfully so. The rebels started the war, so he now had to defend that government. Secession was notContinue reading “Lincoln’s Duty”

Slavery Caused Secession

Neo-secessionists and revisionists struggle uselessly to blame the Civil War… on Federal overreach, inequitable tariffs, and outmoded economic theory- they fail to see the forest for the trees.  The historical record settles matters plainly and without ambiguity. Future Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens delivered the clearest, most definitive explanation… for secession and the existence of aContinue reading “Slavery Caused Secession”