Category Archives: Jone’s Brigade at Spotsylvania Courthouse

Was this really a Federal Line? – REWRITTEN April 11 and April 21, May 5.

Went out on Monday morning and shot a video of the inner of the two lines shown in the screen grab above. This line has been historically considered to be a line built by the Federals sometime during their occupation of the area after the initial charge of May 12. They would have incorporated it […]

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“Pop, Pop, Pop”

“Pop, Pop, Pop,” those words were written by Brig. Gen. James Walker, commander of the Stonewall Brigade in May of 1864. What the General was evidently attempting to explain at least partly explain the ineffectiveness of the Confederate defense the morning … Continue reading

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Could it have also have been because of a lack of muskets? (updated)

Ever since May 13, 1864 the story has been that the reason for the Federal armies initial success the previous day was the defenders lack of artillery support. This it was said had allowed the Federals to quickly smash through … Continue reading

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The Face of the Mule Shoe

During the American Civil War there were hundreds if not thousands of miles of field  fortifications created across the countryside. While some were simply a few logs or brush tossed together in a matter of a few minutes they were … Continue reading

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An extension to the line

One of the points that was discussed on our field trip this past weekend was the formation of the Mule Shoe. What was the shape of the original line ? When and why was it changed? The consensus was that … Continue reading

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