Quartermasters Battling Regulations, Rivers and Ice

In my last post I examined Lt. Col. William LeDuc’s efforts to keep the XI Corps supplied with food, forage and ammunition in mid-December 1862.  With his teamsters struggling valiantly to keep their wagons and animals moving along the mud-choked roads through Fairfax and Prince William Counties, LeDuc sought an alternative avenue by which to…

A Holiday Letter from Lamb’s Creek Church

Built in 1770, Lamb’s Creek Episcopal Church, served as a headquarters for several regiments during the winter of 1862-63, including the 1st Maine, 2nd and 10th New York, the 1st New Jersey and 1st Pennsylvania. Lamb’s Creek Church, King George County The 2nd New York relieved the 1st Pennsylvania on December 28, 1862.  The following…

The 8th Illinois Departs King George County … For Now

On January 15, 1863, Lt. Col. Rufus Ingalls, Quartermaster General, Army of the Potomac, replied to an earlier letter from his superior, Brig. Gen. Montgomery Meigs, in which Meigs had asked about “securing the supplies that may be in the Peninsula between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers.” “The matter has frequently engaged my attention,” Ingalls…

Detroit’s Grand Army of the Republic Hall

While back home recently, I took in a Tigers’ game with my brother.  We could not have asked for better Michigan weather, and went downtown early to walk around and enjoy a few Lafayette Coney Island hot dogs before the game.  The downtown area of the city is truly experiencing a re-birth.  Office buildings, many…

Commitment, Discipline and Leadership

In April I detailed the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry’s Christmas Day frolic in King George County.  The misfeasance of Lt. Col. Amos E. Griffiths, and several of his officers, may have gone unnoticed but for the timely, or untimely, depending upon your point of view, arrival of Col. William Gamble’s 8th Illinois Cavalry.  Regiments rotated picket…