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? [...]
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 [...]
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...
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 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
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.’ [...]
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, [...]
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
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
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...
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
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 [...]
Lieutenant General Richard Stoddert Ewell (1817-1872) commanded the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia during the Gettysburg Campaign. Some of his actions near the end of July 1, 1863 are controversial. This view is courtesy of the Library of Congress. Though Yankee born and bred, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide John Archer dates his interest [...]
Scene set at Blandford Church Hill, Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, 1:45pm – July 30, 1864 in The Battle of the Crater by Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen “Finish it,” [...]
The final volume of the Virginia at War series from the University Press of Kentucky is now available, which includes my essay on the demobilization of Lee’s Army of Northern [...]
Flags around Charleston seem to cause a lot of trouble. Besides the "Confederate" flag aka Rebel flag, Battle Flag, Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia and so on issue there are a number of people who take issue with our United States flag and how and were it is flown.Flying any flag incorrectly stirs up a lot of emotion. Show More Summary
The National Capital Area Salvation Army supplies food to many people throughout Northern Virginia. But in a sign of how a bad economy truly hits real people, the Salvation Army’s food banks right now are practically empty. The charity...Show More Summary
Across the country, about one in five members of Congress is a military veteran. Northern Virginia might be sending a whole platoon. This year, retired Army Col. Chris Perkins (R) announced he would run to unseat Rep. Gerald Connolly, the Democrat in the Fairfax-based 11th District. Show More Summary
On 9 April 1865, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant met at Appomattox, Virginia, so that Lee could surrender his Army of Northern Virginia. This momentous event effectively ended the American Civil War. With Lee and his army gone, the Confederate cause lost hope. Show More Summary
Today marks the 146th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Shot just five days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Lincoln is often called the final casualty of the American Civil War.