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Francis Channing Barlow’s Civil War

Joan Waugh

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Joan Waugh’s essay examines the arc of General Francis Channing Barlow’s Civil War, from enlistment as a private in April 1861 through his promotion to major general in 1865. She argues that he can ... More


Grant Finally Takes Command: How the Race to Appomattox Was Won

William W. Bergen

in Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640761
eISBN:
9781469640785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.003.0002
Subject:
History, Military History

William Bergen argues that such a turn-around occurred only once Grant was able to institute his own aggressive brand of warfare with the armies of the James and Potomac – once he finally, and ... More


We Shall Make Richmond Howl The Army of the Potomac on the Eve of Chancelimille

John J. Hennessy

in Chancellorsville: The Battle and Its Aftermath

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807822753
eISBN:
9781469602400
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807835906_gallagher.4
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter examines the Army of the Potomac on the eve of the campaign. It analyzes the factors that led soldiers to recover their enthusiasm for the war after the bitter reverse at Fredericksburg ... More


Grant’s Disengagement from Cold Harbor: June 12–13, 1864

Gordon C. Rhea

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Elements of the Army of the Potomac disengaged from Lee at Cold Harbor to cross the James River and approach Petersburg. Gordon C. Rhea’s essay takes a fresh, and somewhat revisionist, look at ... More


Lucky Inspiration: Philip Sheridan’s Uncertain Road to Triumph with the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac

Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh

in Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640761
eISBN:
9781469640785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

This essay explores how Philip Sheridan's operations during the Appomattox campaign represented the culmination of an evolutionary process of the Union cavalry arm in the East from 1861 though the ... More


From the Potomac to Pennsylvania

Harry W. Pfanz

in Gettysburg--The Second Day

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807817490
eISBN:
9781469603049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869734_pfanz.5
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes George G. Meade's appointment as commander of the Army of the Potomac on 28 June 1863. The fate of the nation was in his hands and could be decided in a single impending battle ... More


A Hard Road to Travel: The Impact of Continuous Operations on the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in May 1864

Carol Reardon

in The Spotsylvania Campaign

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807824023
eISBN:
9781469604411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898376_gallagher.10
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter uses the concept of “military effectiveness” to search for insights into how men performed under stressful conditions. Employing a comparative framework, it explores such factors as ... More


Great Expectations: Ulysses S. Grant, the Northern Press, and the Opening of the Wilderness Campaign

Brooks D. Simpson

in The Wilderness Campaign

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807823347
eISBN:
9781469602394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher.4
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses what northerners expected from Grant and the Army of the Potomac and how they reacted to the carnage of early May. Weary of Lee's ability to thrash the republic's largest army ... More


Those by Whom These Relations Are Broken may 1862

Glenn David Brasher

in The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835449
eISBN:
9781469601847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882528_brasher.10
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Many African Americans were reliable guides as the army advanced toward Richmond in May 1862. This chapter discusses how the mostly positive contacts between the Army of the Potomac and Peninsula ... More


Union Cavalry in the Wilderness: The education of Philip H. Sheridan and James H. Wilson

Gordon C. Rhea

in The Wilderness Campaign

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780807823347
eISBN:
9781469602394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher.7
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The winter and spring of 1864 brought new faces to top positions in the Army of the Potomac's mounted arm. Philip H. Sheridan, who had forged a successful record as an infantry division commander in ... More


Meade's Scattered Corps Assemble, 2 July

Harry W. Pfanz

in Gettysburg--The Second Day

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807817490
eISBN:
9781469603049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869734_pfanz.8
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes the assembly of General Meade's corps. With the arrival of the Sixth Corps nearly all of the infantry of the Army of the Potomac was at hand. The march of over thirty miles was ... More


: Retreating and Cowardly Poltroons: The Anglo American Reaction

Christian B. Keller

in Chancellorsville and the Germans: Nativism, Ethnicity, and Civil War Memory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226504
eISBN:
9780823234899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226504.003.0005
Subject:
History, Social History

Just as the German soldiers in the Eleventh Corps began to recover from the shock of their losses and attempted to reorganize their shattered regiments in the days after the ... More


An Invaluable Ally Late May–July 1862

Glenn David Brasher

in The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835449
eISBN:
9781469601847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882528_brasher.11
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

As both armies made extensive use of black laborers to prepare for the coming battle, Northerners learned that the Confederates were effectively using black labor to hold off the Army of the Potomac. ... More


A Higher Destiny July 1862

Glenn David Brasher

in The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835449
eISBN:
9781469601847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882528_brasher.12
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the prevalent opinions after the failed campaign of the Army of the Potomac. As they reflected on the failed campaign, Northerners would come to agree with that the ... More


The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat: Returning Home in the Spring of 1865

Peter S. Carmichael (ed.)

in War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781469643205
eISBN:
9781469643229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

As the war drew to a close in Virginia, veterans from both armies collected relics to validate their service to their respective causes. They gathered many different objects, such as tree branches, ... More


The Monuments to Negro Labor April–May 1862

Glenn David Brasher

in The Peninsula Campaign & the Necessity of Emancipation: African Americans and the Fight for Freedom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835449
eISBN:
9781469601847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882528_brasher.9
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses General Mc-Clellan siege operations at Yorktown. When Union troops entered Yorktown, the soldiers gained a new appreciation for the Peninsula's black community. The chapter ... More


The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat

Gary W. Gallagher and T. Michael Parrish (eds)

in The War for the Common Soldier: How Men Thought, Fought, and Survived in Civil War Armies

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781469643090
eISBN:
9781469643113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643090.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Civil War soldiers understood that what thy saved would help shape historical memories and influence public meanings for years to come. Civil War soldiers were always intrigued by the relics, but ... More


From the Wilderness to the Valley: 17 March–31 December 1864

Graham T. Dozier

in A Gunner in Lee's Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9781469618746
eISBN:
9781469618760
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618746.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter presents the letters written by Thomas Henry Carter to his wife Susan between March 17 and December 31, 1864. In these letters, Carter talks about running a camp in winter quarters and ... More


McCrea Joins the Army of the Potomac

Brian R. McEnany

in For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813160627
eISBN:
9780813165479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160627.003.0005
Subject:
History, Military History

After graduation, Tully McCrea travels to Washington and finds he cannot get orders until Congress approves the promotion of him and his classmates as second lieutenants. Almost a month later, an ... More


The Repulse

Harry W. Pfanz

in Gettysburg--The Second Day

Published in print:
1987
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807817490
eISBN:
9781469603049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869734_pfanz.20
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter describes the battle between the Army of the Potomac and Confederate troops. The terrain gained by the Confederates through their assault was limited to that held by Sickles' advanced ... More


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