Falling back into the Maryland Campaign

It's that time of year. The weather (at least around here) is getting cooler. Oktoberfest beers are hitting the shelves. I just had my first apple cider donuts of the season. The Great Frederick Fair is just around the corner. Fall is my favorite time of year for all of these reasons and more. It's … Continue reading Falling back into the Maryland Campaign

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“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

“Our men did not retreat, but held their own”

I'll admit it. I'm terrible at remembering anniversaries. I really wanted to do an in depth, day-by-day account of the various Home Brigade regiments during the Gettysburg Campaign. That'll have to wait at this point. Instead we'll turn our attention from Lee's second invasion to that other July campaign - Early's Maryland campaign in 1864. … Continue reading “Our men did not retreat, but held their own”