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Jackson

A few weeks ago I posted about the role the United States Military Academy at West Point played in supplying both the Union and the Confederacy with many of its leaders, pitting classmate against classmate. The West Point class of 1846 produced a number of Civil War leaders, including George B. McClellan, George E. Pickett […]

McClellan and His Men

Hey there, folks, and welcome back to the Connections blog! During these past two weeks 150 years ago, Confederate General Lee and his army had slipped into Union General Pope’s rear and forced him into a fight at the Battle of 2nd Manassas, on almost the exact same battlefield as the Battle of 1st Manassas. […]

The End of the Seven Days

Howdy folks, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I dearly like going to the movies, and I have recently seen the films “Brave” and “Ted.” They were both quite good, and I heartily endorse them. However, although “Ted” stars a giant stuffed teddy bear, it is NOT a […]

The Battle of Oak Grove, Pt. 2

OK welcome back! Now where were we? Ah, yes – well, when General Heintzelman began his attack at Oak Grove around 8:30am, he met with fierce resistance. One of Heintzelman’s division commanders, General Hooker, was making progress on his front. As a result, Hooker sent Heintzelman a message asking for reinforcements. Asking for reinforcements during […]

150 Years of Science!

Hey there readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I can be awakened from sleep by the slightest noise, but I’m often completely oblivious to loud background noise when I’m awake and concentrating on a task.   In my last post, I described the end of the Battle […]

The Importance of Logistics

Hello again readers, and welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I loved riding a bike, I love driving my car, but I have absolutely no desire to ever combine the two by driving or owning a motorcycle.   So 150 years ago today, the Union army marched up the […]

The Cowardly Lion on the Peninsula

Hey everybody, welcome back to the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: I’ve never been west of the Texas panhandle, but I long to explore the great expanses of mountain and sand that are the American West.   So in our last blog posting, I discussed the Battle of Drewry’s Bluff. Now, Drewry’s […]

The Battle of Drewry’s Bluff

Howdy friends, and welcome to another posting on the good ol’ blog! Today’s tidbit about me is: during a visit to Dublin in May of 2008, I completely bypassed the 2-hour-long line for admission to the Guinness Brewery by registering online the night before at no extra cost! You should all do the same if […]

Monitor Log: 4 April 1862

You would not know it from the Monitor‘s log book, but Friday, April 4, 1862 was an important day.  It  marked the official beginning of McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign, as Union troops began their slow move from Fortress Monroe up the Peninsula. Meanwhile, over in Gosport, The Virginia  came out of drydock.  Now repaired, she boasted a new […]