Like so many Hell Hounds

A few disclaimers are in order – First, the following has nothing to do with cavalry. Second, I recently mentioned that I will not write book reviews, but that I am happy to acknowledge worthy books.  I recognize some readers may not see the distinction. Third, it is also my intention to leave political commentary…

Decision at Tom’s Brook

I decided early on not to write book reviews on this site.  Other sites are dedicated to that noble task and, as the historians and reviewers at those sites do a terrific job, I will leave the book reviews to them.  I am, however, happy to make readers aware of new books of special merit. William J.…

“Many of these families are suffering”

One of the themes I plan to examine from time to time is the inter-action between the Union cavalry and Southern civilians.  This relationship was, understandably, fractious at best and frequently fraught with danger, for soldier and civilian alike.  All too often the soldiers and non-combatants were verbally and physically abusive toward each other.  Confrontations…

Another Bridge – Another Question

As I prepared my last post describing Union attempts to burn the Waterloo Bridge, I was also reading Seizing Destiny, The Army of the Potomac’s “Valley Forge” and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union, by Albert Conner Jr., and Chris Mackowski.  One of the first offensive operations described by the authors is the…

A Medal of Honor at Waterloo Bridge

My wife and I spent a very pleasant afternoon recently at our favorite vineyard, Winding Road Cellars, on Leeds Manor Road in Markham. On the way home, as we passed through the historic hamlets of Hume and Orleans, we noticed multiple signs announcing the local effort to Save the Historic Waterloo Bridge. There was a time,…

Kill Jeff Davis

Last week I joined Bruce and Lynne Venter, of America’s History, LLC, on their Kill Jeff Davis: The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid on Richmond in 1864 tour. Bruce is the author of the recently released, and highly-regarded, book of the same title. The tour was well-timed, as most of the participants had recently read Bruce’s book. I had…