Tagged: virginia

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The Pontoon Bridges at the Battle of Fredericksburg

In November 1862, President Abraham Lincoln promoted Major General Ambrose Burnside to commander of the Army of the Potomac, replacing Major General George McClellan.  Burnside developed a plan to capture the Confederate capitol of...

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John S. Mosby, George A. Custer and the Front Royal Executions of 1864

 In August 1864, Major General Phillip Sheridan launched a campaign to drive Confederate forces out of Virginia’s  Shenandoah Valley.  Sheridan organized his Army of the Shenandoah as it was called, in the northern end...

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Confederate Spy Belle Boyd Led a Colorful Life

Belle Boyd was born in Virginia and was a spy for the Confederate States in the Civil War. While on a speaking tour after the war, she died in Wisconsin and is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Wisconsin Dells.

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Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

One might expect the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state that was the scene of so many important events in the Civil War, to be in the forefront of the upcoming 150th anniversary commemoration of...

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Herman Melville on the Gray Ghost

The Gray Ghost, as John S. Mosby was known, inspired both the Union and Confederate armies.  Mosby and his men inspired pride in the South and struck fear in the hearts of Union soldiers.  That fear...

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John S. Mosby Captures General Edwin Stoughton

John S. Mosby was a Virginia lawyer when the Civil War broke out in 1861.  He was a member of a Virginia militia company at the time, and went off to war.  His militia...