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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 months agoOdd : 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 […]

The War Returns

The fighting started in Fredericksburg, Virginia around dawn as the Army of Northern Virginia slammed into the Army of the Potomac, hoping to pin them in this confusing tangle and negate the United States' severe numerical advantage...

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 […]

Two Views of J.E.B. Stuart’s Arrival at Gettysburg

Here is Allen Guelzo’s brief commentary on Stuart’s arrival on July 2. However late Stuart was in arriving, the Army of Northern Virginia was still glad to see him. As he rode along the York Pike in Gettysburg, “such joyful shouts as rent the air I never heard” and  “the cavalry for once was well [...]

The Esprit de Corps of Confederate Camp Servants

Glad to see that so many of you found this morning’s post to be of interest. There is so much to unpack in the Caffey book regarding the presence of camp servants with the Army of Northern Virginia.  This passage is of particular interest to me. Did you ever remark our servants on a march? [...]

Slavery Traveled With the Army of Northern Virginia

Included in Allen Guelzo’s new book, Gettysburg: The Last Invasion, is a brief examination of the size of both armies.  In looking at the Army of Northern Virginia Guelzo includes a few sources that estimate the number of slaves, who performed various roles as personal servants and impressed workers.  One particular account by English-born Confederate [...]

And that's the way it was: April 9, 1865

On the morning of April 9, 1865, in Appomattox Court House, VA, General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia fought its last battle before surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army. The signing of the surrender documents took place in the home of Wilmer McLean later that afternoon. As news spread of Lee's surrender, other Confederate States...

American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg - Confederate Commanders

Fought July 1-3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg saw the Army of Northern Virginia field 71,699 men which were divided into three infantry corps and a cavalry division. Led by General Robert E. Lee, the army had recently been reorganized following the death of Lieutenant General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Show More Summary

U.S. Army veteran Eric Harroun is ARRESTED on charges of 'conspiring with al Qaeda and using a rocket-propelled grenade'

2 years agoNews : The Coming Crisis

U.S. Army veteran Eric Harroun of Phoenix has been charged with conspiring with an al Qaeda group to wage war against the Syrian regime.Harroun, 30, was charged Thursday in federal court in northern Virginia with plotting to use a rocket-propelled...Show More Summary

Thoughts on Lt. Gatewood’s (Geronimo fame) Confederate AND military roots

He’s a warrior. Every bit born in battle. Fighting a lost cause. I’m familiar with the type. My two older brothers and my father fought for the Army of Northern Virginia. My oldest brother was killed. My father was wounded, crippled. After the war, he took me aside and said, ‘You’ll carry the new flag.’ [...]

Robert E. Lee: The Last Best Hope of Earth

Leave it to Lee-Jackson Day to bring out the crazies. According to Henry Kidd, Robert E. Lee saved this country by agreeing to surrender the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox rather than disband it to fight in a guerrilla war that would have turned this country into something like Bosnia.  Perhaps I am mistaken, [...]

Civil War 150th: Stuart Takes Command

August 17, 1862 - Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart (right) takes command of the Army of Northern Virginia's cavalry. An 1854 graduate of West Point, Stuart saw service on the frontier in the years prior to the Civil War. Joining the Confederate...Show More Summary

Civil War 150th: Jackson Wins at Cedar Mountain

August 9, 1862 - Union forces are defeated at the Battle of Cedar Mountain.  Assuming a position in northern Virginia in July 1862, Maj. Gen. John Pope's Army of Virginia began pushing south in an effort to relieve pressure on Maj. Gen. Show More Summary

Kentucky Confederates at Sharpsburg

Most of the Southern states were represented by units in the Army of Northern Virginia at Sharpsburg, but Kentucky is not usually thought of as one of them...

Visiting Ford's Theatre, Where Lincoln Got Assassinated

3 years agoLifestyle / Travel : Gadling

On April 14, 1865, a few days after Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia, John Wilkes Booth finally decided to do something for the Confederacy. The famous actor had supported the South from the start, but he had spent the entire Civil War in the North, playing to packed theaters and making lots of money. Show More Summary

William Mahone Replaces Lee as Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Early on in my Mahone research I was intrigued by a letter that J. Horace Lacy wrote to the general at some point during the post-Readjuster years.  Lacy shared a [...]

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