Last week, I had an opportunity to stop at the Aldie battlefield in Loudoun County, Virginia. Fought on June 17, 1863, it was the first of three clashes in the Loudoun Valley as Union cavalry under Maj. 112 more words
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In the immediate aftermath of Chickamauga Bragg and his generals were all gripped by a measure of collective uncertainty. Early on, it seemed as if Rosecrans might just abandon Chattanooga, falling back to his railhead at Stevenson Alabama, on the north bank of the Tennessee River. 1,464 more words
Longstreet’s move to Georgia took 9 days, though some of the trailing elements in his corps – Anderson’s Brigade, which was diverted to Savannah for a week or so, and any number of individual Georgians who hadn’t been home in two years, and who now took the movement as an opportunity for a bit of “French Leave” – arrived even later. 322 more words
The decision to reinforce Bragg came only after much debate, and only after every other expedient had been exhausted.
While President Davis believed that the Confederacy needed to use interior lines to achieved localized concentrations of force, that theory did not extend to Virginia. 1,067 more words
Confederate General James Longstreet remains one of the war’s most controversial figures. Detractors see him as a scheming subordinate whose ambition overreached his talents; supporters hail him as a clear-sighted realist who understood the changes in warfare better than most of his contemporaries, and who tried to change with the times. 612 more words