Tag Archives: West Angle

Who was Colonel Alexander? (updated 5/31/17 and 6/10/17)

One of the fascinating things about the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse and its aftermath is the amount of things that we have no answers to. One of them is a simple straight forward question. Who was Colonel Alexander? Now of … Continue reading

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“Stonewall Brigade” lines out in the McCoull Field – updated 6/01/17

Recently I was back out at Spotsylvania with the camera. If you’re like me, fascinated by the earthworks, and the story they can tell us, the Stonewall Brigades line across the McCoull field is quite interesting.  At first glance it … Continue reading

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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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Could it have been the Confederates that built the Line to the Landram House and beyond?

When you look at a map of the trenches around the Mule Shoe one of the things that jumps out at you is the line of works which runs out to the Landram House and beyond. Since this line starts … Continue reading

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Learning to look for Earthworks from the Air – with a little help from the RAF

Following up on the surprisingly positive reaction to my post “Some facts to ponder about the march back to the Salient” I thought I would follow up with a similar article about photographs. Back in 2000 I made a connection … Continue reading

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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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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 infantries line necessitated just that. The guns by and large were in the trenches, firing … Continue reading

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