CLARK NC: 7th North Carolina at the Siege of Petersburg

March 15, 2014 Clark's North Carolina Regiments

Editor’s Note: The following excerpt comes from Walter Clark’s five volume Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina in the Great War 1861-’65, published in 1901.  The reference work provides mini regimental histories written mostly by men representing each unit, with gaps filled in by editor Clark.  These histories often provide a […]

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NP: May 27, 1908 St. Johnsville NY News: John Reardon Diary (115th NY): September 26-December 5, 1864

March 14, 2014 Postwar Newspapers

Editor’s Note: Bryce Suderow originally brought this source to my attention via 115th New York researcher and author Mark Silo.  John Reardon, a member of the 115th New York, composed this memoir on his deathbed from wartime pocket diaries he kept.  He died prior to finishing, but his daughter completed the work and it was published in 1908 editions […]

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A Sketch at Darbytown Road: October 27, 1864

March 13, 2014 News and Notes

Over at Ransack Garret and Closet, Richmond Must Fall author Hampton Newsome covers a sketch of the October 27, 1864 Battle of Darbytown Road, the third such battle in the area in October alone.  Newsome makes the argument that William Waud, not his more famous older brother Alfred, made this sketch.  He goes on to […]

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Jerusalem Plank Road and Weldon RR (Meade’s Headquarters)

March 13, 2014 Other Siege of Petersburg Maps

1 Agassiz, George R. Meade’s Headquarters, 1863-1865; Letters of Colonel Theodore Lyman from the Wilderness to Appomattox. Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1922, p. 218 ↩

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Between Petersburg and Richmond (Meade’s Headquarters)

March 13, 2014 Other Siege of Petersburg Maps

1 Agassiz, George R. Meade’s Headquarters, 1863-1865; Letters of Colonel Theodore Lyman from the Wilderness to Appomattox. Boston: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1922, p. 215 ↩

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Review: The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War

March 11, 2014 Civil War Books

Burns, Vincent L. The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War. (McFarland: 2013). 304 pages, maps, illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN: 978-1-4766-0624-8 $35.00 (Paperback). Note: Also available in Kindle format. McFarland has produced dozens of regimental histories over the last decade, and The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War by Vincent […]

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NP: May 20, 1908 St. Johnsville NY News: John Reardon Diary (115th NY): August 18-September 25, 1864

March 9, 2014 Postwar Newspapers

Editor’s Note: Bryce Suderow originally brought this source to my attention via 115th New York researcher and author Mark Silo.  John Reardon, a member of the 115th New York, composed this memoir on his deathbed from wartime pocket diaries he kept.  He died prior to finishing, but his daughter completed the work and it was published in 1908 editions […]

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BTC Notes: The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War

March 9, 2014 BTC Notes

Note: The BTC Notes series serves as a way to gather important information about a given source on the Siege of Petersburg like a book, article, essay, map, etc. Subject: The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War by Vincent L. Burns Important Points: Chapter 8: Across the River—1864 John Hammond was a Lieutenant Colonel by […]

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5th NY Cav: The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War

March 9, 2014 New York Regimental Histories

Unit: 5th New York Cavalry Unit Affiliation: (1), 3, Cavalry Title: The Fifth New York Cavalry in the Civil War Author: Vincent L. Burns BTC’s Take: A pretty standard modern regimental history from McFarland.  The only real Petersburg action for the 5th New York Cavalry was the Wilson-Kautz Raid from June 21-July 1, 1864.  Burns uses quite a few […]

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Fort Davis Then and Now

March 7, 2014 News and Notes

John Cummings at Spotsylvania Civil War Blog has a nicely illustrated post up looking at Fort Davis, a Union fortification southeast of Petersburg, using 1864 and modern photos.  John also provides the Nathaniel Michler illustration of the fort from the Official Records Atlas, and compares it with an overhead Google maps view of the fort. […]

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