Born in Virginia of a family that cherished its roots. my lifelong goal was to be a historian. However the circumstances of life dictated that this wouldn’t happen. Today this blog, and hopefully a book will in some way make up for it.
The discovery that one of my ancestors, 1st Lt. Benjamin C. Maxwell, had commanded one of the three artillery batteries left in the Muleshoe on the night before the big Federal attack, piqued my interest about the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Since then I have spent many happy hours roaming the woods and fields around the salient, trying to understand what happened there and why. This blog is intended to share some of that information and hopefully stimulate discussion on the matter.
While a large number of people have provided their insight, and had to endure my pestering, I would like to recognize one in particular.
The late William (Bill) Matter of Harrisburg Pa. who wrote “If it takes all Summer” deserves most of the credit for guiding me toward whatever success I may have. I will always treasure the hours spent walking the battlefield, and on the phone. Rest In Peace Bill.