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Recruiting a Regiment: Thomas G. Stevenson and the 24th Massachusetts

As one of the ranking officers with the New England Guard, a prewar militia group based in Boston, Thomas Greeley Stevenson felt primed for leadership when the Civil War broke out. 740 more words


Book Review: "Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s 'Valley Forge' and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union".

After the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg in December, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln moaned, “If there is a place worse than hell, I am in it.” The Union war effort, at least in the east, had been met repeatedly with setbacks, and the latest defeat came at a time when Lincoln hoped to drive home his ultimatum with the upcoming Emancipation Proclamation. 543 more words

Books & Authors

Dorothy E. Kelly: The Civil War in Blount County

By Dorothy E. Kelly, Knoxville Civil War Roundtable

Copyright 1998 by Dorothy E. Kelly. All rights reserved.

The Civil War brought division, dissension and hardship to Blount County, but no major battles. 1,119 more words


The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part one)

Part one of a series.


“By direction of the President of the United States, the commanding general this day transfers the command of this army to Maj. 1,626 more words


A Sketch of Stevenson Ridge, 1864

A couple weeks ago, as I was looking at Harper’s Weekly’s coverage of the Overland Campaign, I came across a fun unexpected surprise: a wartime illustration from Spotsylvania that shows Stevenson Ridge. 957 more words

Stevenson Ridge

"The General Result Was In Our Favor": The Army of Potomac's Victory at Antietam

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Kevin Pawlak

Fortunately, for the sake of debate, the outcome of Civil War battles is not as clear-cut as that of a football game, where one can look at the scoreboard at the end of the game and easily determine who won, who lost, or, in some cases, if the outcome was a draw. 2,542 more words

Battlefields & Historic Places

Lincoln Removes McClellan

November 5, 1862 – The day after the Federal midterm elections, President Abraham Lincoln issued orders removing Major General George B. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac. 927 more words