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Marching On Richmond: The Wilderness 1864

The 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry Ride To the Rescue...

On the 4 May 1864 we crossed the Rapidan River, and headed towards the Wilderness Tavern, the convergence point for our Corps, prior to heading south into the open terrain beyond on our march to Richmond… Prior to this march

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Marching On Richmond: Winter 1863

The 5th Wisconsin Entrench In The Wilderness, 1864.

After our Bristoe campaign we moved into our winter quarters in early November 1863, however shortly after we were involved in the failed Mine Run Campaign through the wilderness (vaguely familiar terrain), but after it’s inconclusive result we soon retired and

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Marching On Richmond: Bristoe 1863

Union Artillery In Action At Bristoe Station.

As previously described to my readers, we had been recovering from our battle that was the preview to the great fight at Gettysburg. We had steadily but slowly pursued General Lee into central Virginia, but then in October he had

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Marching On Richmond: Fall 1863

The 54th Massachusetts Advance!

Following on from our action on the Gettysburg-Hanover railroad, a major action was fought by the Army of the Potomac against General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia – this epic 3 day encounter was thought to have decided the war, but as

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Marching On Richmond: Pennsylvania 1863

The 20th Indiana, 30th June 1863.

A few weeks after our defeat at Chancellorsville, as we were reorganising my division as previously described, General Robert E. lee suddenly invaded the north again, this time heading for Pennsylvania! By the time our army was aware of his manoeuvre he had a sizeable head start,

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Marching On Richmond: May 1863

Confederate Forces At The Cornfields.

Following our army’s defeat at Chancellorsville and our withdrawal back across the Rappahannock we again had a period of some inactivity, during which we reorganised our forces and received further replacements. My Division were in fairly good spirits (as we had been victorious at the

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Marching On Richmond: The Cornfields 1863

Union Forces Advance Through Cornfields & Woodland.

After our breaking from winter quarters we began a march once more into Virginia, tasked with joining the balance of the army of the Potomac that had wintered in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, and was now under the command of Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker. By late

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Marching On Richmond: Winter 1862

The 69th New York On The Antietam.

Our action near the Antietam Creek had been disappointing, and we ended up going into winter camp with the gloom of mediocrity over us. However the cheery news was our whole army had given Robert E. Lee a very bloody nose in

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