My Collection Begins

I've studied the Potomac Home Brigade for years now and my studies have taken me to libraries, battlefields, and cemeteries throughout the Upper Potomac Valley. I've combed through plenty of pictures, seen a few artifacts, and of course browsed through thousands of pages of documents. Now, for the very first time, I actually own something … Continue reading My Collection Begins

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“an honor to the State of Maryland” – The Potomac Home Brigade at the Battle of Harpers Ferry

Last time we took at look at the Home Brigade's role in the opening phase of the 1862 Maryland Campaign. I left off on September 6th, as Captain Faithful and his company of the 1st PHB Infantry were evacuating Frederick and marching to rejoin the rest of the regiment at Harpers Ferry. When Faithful and … Continue reading “an honor to the State of Maryland” – The Potomac Home Brigade at the Battle of Harpers Ferry

“A Most Delightful and Successful Affair”

Before I get into today's post I have a quick announcement. This coming Sunday - August 27th - I will be speaking as a part of the Mosby Heritage Area Association/NOVA Parks "Conversations in History" series. I'll be focusing on the involvement of Virginians within the Potomac Home Brigade, so if you're interested I encourage … Continue reading “A Most Delightful and Successful Affair”

“Harass the enemy, capture their pickets, and do all the damage [you can] accomplish” – Cole’s Cavalry in the aftermath of Monocacy

When we last left night was falling on July 9th, 1864. The exhausted troops of Lew Wallace's command were trudging eastward towards the safety of Baltimore. They had done their job admirably by holding off a superior force of rebels for the better part of the day. The men of the 1st and 3rd PHB … Continue reading “Harass the enemy, capture their pickets, and do all the damage [you can] accomplish” – Cole’s Cavalry in the aftermath of Monocacy

“[They] fully sustained the enviable reputation they had won” The Potomac Home Brigade at Monocacy

We'll pick up where we left off last time with the role of the Home Brigade regiments during Jubal Early's 1864 invasion of Maryland. We ended on the evening of July 8th. Early's advance forces had been checked on the western outskirts of Frederick the previous evening, and much of the 8th was spent in … Continue reading “[They] fully sustained the enviable reputation they had won” The Potomac Home Brigade at Monocacy