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This Was the Battle Ulysses S. Grant Hoped He 'Would Not Fight Again'

“Lee’s army is really whipped,” declared Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to Maj. Gen. Henry Halleck on May 26, 1864. A battle with them outside of entrenchments cannot be had.” Thwarted by the Army of Northern Virginia at the North Anna River, Grant was preparing to swing around Robert E. Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Vachel Lindsay: Army of Northern Virginia (From John Brown's Body)

Weekend Reading: Vachel Lindsay: Army of Northern Virginia (From John Brown's Body) : >The cold. The mud. The bleak wonder. The weakening sickness--the weevils tainting the bread-- We were beaten again in spite of all we could do. We don't know what went wrong but something went wrong. Show More Summary

Latest: Army helicopter with 3 aboard goes down in Maryland

The Latest on a military helicopter crash in southern Maryland (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A northern Virginia Army base says one of its helicopters with three crew members on … Click to Continue »

Army veteran and Rhodes scholar to challenge Comstock in northern Virginia

Daniel Helmer, 35, is one of several Democrats expected to compete in the midterm election.

Slaveholding in Robert E. Lee’s Army

The latest issue of the Journal of the Civil War Era (September 2016) includes Joseph Glatthaar’s Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture, which compares the cultures in the Army of the Potomac and Army of Northern Virginia. The essay includes a number of helpful graphs, including the one above, which shows that slaveholders were over represented in […]

"One Continuous Fight" coming in paperback

The 2008 book I co-authored with Eric Wittenberg and Mike Nugent, One Continuous Fight: The Retreat and Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 is being released in paperback by our publisher, Savas Beatie (click on the book title to be taken to the Amazon page for the paperback). Show More Summary

Getting to Know the Army of Tennessee

My knowledge of the Confederate army is confined mainly to the Army of Northern Virginia. As I sketch out my cultural biography of Silas Chandler,…

No, Replacing the Flag on Bubba Watson’s General Lee is Not Like Painting a Mustache on the Mona Lisa

Getting caught up in the current controversy over the Confederate battle flag, pro golfer Bubba Watson has announced that he’s going to paint over the Army of Northern Virginia’s flag on the roof of the authentic Dukes of Hazard General...Show More Summary

Watch: Debating Confederate Flag Displays on CNN

Yesterday I was in Charleston with CNN’s Jake Tapper and South Carolina state representative Bakari Sellers debating displays of the Confederate flag (battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia or other displays) at historic sites like memorials, monuments, and battlefields. Show More Summary

Events Larger Than One Person: The Surrenders at Bennett Place, Durham, North Carolina

Part 1 of a two-part series. Cross-posted at Emerging Civil War. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman Gen. Joseph E. Johnston learned of the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia in Wilmer McLean’s parlor in the hamlet of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 several days later. Show More Summary

Washington-area obituaries of note

Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.Roy W. Gibson Sr., Army colonelRoy W. Gibson Sr., 71, a retired plumber for James Horan Plumbing, died March 9 at his home in Waldorf, Md. He had rheumatoid arthritis, said his wife, Deborah Gibson.Read full article >>

Appomattox Day

On which that genteel butcher Bobby Lee, surrendered the treasonous Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s terms have generally been regarded as generous, to the point that the military leaders of the rebellion were spared the threat of criminal trials for the actions in defiance of properly constituted Federal authority. Show More Summary


150 years ago today, Robert E. Lee surrendered what was left of the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant, who had on hand the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the James. The arc of history bent a little more towards justice that afternoon. I felt like anything rather than rejoicing […]

April 7, 1865. Prelude to Appomattox

On April 6, 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia lost 8,700 men, about one-fifth of its strength, at the Battle of Sayler’s Creek. As a result, Lee lost his rearguard and any hope he had of eluding Grant and linking up with Joe Johnston in North Carolina vanished. Show More Summary

Failure in Iraq, and the Coming Failure in Afghanistan, Explained

The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia. The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored [...]

The Only Battle Ever Attended by a Sitting U.S. President

4 years agoHumor : Neatorama

Remember that time Washington, D.C. was attacked by an army? Of course you don’t, it was 150 years ago this weekend. While legendary generals Grant and Lee were fighting elsewhere, the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia pushed ahead to take the Union capital, guarded by Fort Stevens. Show More Summary

Soldiering the Army of Northern Virginia

Here is a fairly recent interview with Joe Glatthaar about his latest book, Soldiering in the Army of Northern Virginia: A Statistical Portrait of the Troops Who Served under Robert E. Lee, which is the companion book to his massive study of the Army of Northern Virginia. Glatthaar touches on a number of things, including […]

Grant Calls In Reinforcements

[H/T to John Hennessy] Check out the image accompanying Clint Schemmer’s recent essay on upcoming events related to the Civil War in central Virginia in 1864. It’s easy to imagine the Army of Northern Virginia with automatic weapons...

News in the Valley: The Army of Northern Virginia’s need for shoes

Ever since Craig posted about shoes last week, I’ve been thinking about posting something that might add another perspective on the need for shoes within the Army of Northern Virginia.  As Craig’s post points out, Lee was in need of leather, and if he could get the amount he needed, he could employ 500 from […]

William Mahone Spends Night With “Deformed People”

On the night before the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, William Mahone recalled spending the night with an unusual family. We marched all next day and went into camp in the evening not far from Appomattox Co. Ho. in the most God forsaken neighborhood or can well conceive. My […]

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