Tag Archives: Richmond Howitzers

It doesn’t always go right. Or “Oh, fudge!”

Sometimes when we read about history it seems that everybody did the right thing, and at exactly the right time. And generally that it was a perfect plan, brilliantly executed by super humans. It was only the fact that somebody … Continue reading

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The Confederate Second Line today

Maj. Gen. Robert Rodes division arrived in the vicinity of Spotsylvania Courthouse during the late afternoon of May 8, 1864. It immediately went into position on the right of Kershaw’s 1st Corps division which was in danger of being outflanked. … Continue reading

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An exception to the rule updated with LIDAR

I’ve added this LIDAR photo of the line that Smiths battery, replaced by Garber on the evening of the 10th, held. When watching the video you will note that the ground behind the trench is dug away behind the pit. … Continue reading

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Can we identify the location of this unit?

Perhaps its just me, but one of the things I enjoy the most is trying to nail down the location of a unit at any particular time. Of course we generally only have the testimony of a few people to … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal at the Reentrant

Throughout the day of May 10 the Federal skirmishers had made life miserable for the gunners of Smith’s Company of the Richmond Howitzers. Not just them but the infantry of Dole’s and Daniels brigades of Robert Rodes Division dug in … Continue reading

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