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1863: "You Have Taken Counsel Of Your Ambition"

Executive Mansion

Washington, January 26, 1863

Major General Hooker:


I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons. 791 more words

American Civil War

The Decision to Attach William F. Smith to the Army of the James

Emerging Civil War welcomes back guest author Sean Michael Chick

Major General William Farrar Smith is one of the Civil War’s most controversial commanders. He was twice removed from command. 1,116 more words

Was Lee's "Lost Order" a Turning Point? (part two)

(part two of three)

On September 10, 1862, as he advanced deeper into Maryland, Robert E. Lee began splintering his forces, as outlined in Special Orders No. 1,127 more words

1862: "War Is So Terrible"

“It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.” 675 more words

American Civil War

1862: "I Am Sick & Tired Of The Whole Business"

November 8, 1862

…I am glad to do McClellan this justice , because altho’ I do not think he has treated me altogether as well as I had a right to expect yet I am thankful for what he has done, & wish to give him all the credit that is due particularly as to day the order has been received relieving him from duty with this Army & placing Burnside in command. 942 more words

American Civil War

Question of the Week: 11/20-11/26/17

In November 1862, Union General Burnside began his advance toward Richmond, only to stop across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg to wait for the delayed pontoon bridges. 25 more words