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

Originally posted on The Mule Shoe, Facts and Myths:
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…

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The Valley of the Shadow

During the trip to shoot the video “Was this really a Federal Line” I also took a couple of other pictures. This was in an effort to (a) see if the outer or main line was infantry only and (b) … Continue reading

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A Smashing Success!! – Now what?

By 8:15 PM on the evening of May 10, 1864 the fighting in and around Doles Salient was to all intents and purposes over.Of course nervous men, still keyed up from the bitter fighting that had raged for the last … Continue reading

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One seldom noted sentence (updated 12/23)

” I had protested against this line all the day before to Genl Ewell & Genl Lee thought it extremely objectionable but Rodes & Johnson having made their breastworks insisted they could hold it” (puntuation, or lack thereof, is as it … Continue reading

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A Prophetic Dispatch

Doing some much-needed sorting this morning and I noticed a dispatch that in hindsight can be viewed as ironic, or perhaps prophetic. While not about the Mule Shoe directly I thought I would share it. Headquarters,         … Continue reading

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Artillery used like shotguns – the Confederate Ammunition Supply at Spotsylvania

It has been said that at Spotsylvania the Confederates used their artillery like giant shotguns. Short ranges and the need to add power to the infantry line necessitated just that. The guns by and large were in the trenches, firing … Continue reading

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