“Shot Through the Head and Seriously Wounded”/Field Dispatch: Mt Olivet Cemetery

  Let's return from hiatus and get back to the Civil War with a visit to one of my "must see" historic sites - Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, MD. I touched on the cemetery briefly in one of my earlier posts about Frederick's cemeteries. Chartered in 1854 the cemetery was Frederick's premier "garden cemetery" and anyone who's anyone … Continue reading “Shot Through the Head and Seriously Wounded”/Field Dispatch: Mt Olivet Cemetery

Raiders, Railroads, and Captain Petrie’s “Land Monitors”

The regiments of the Potomac Home Brigade were raised with the primary goal of protecting the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from maurauding rebel raiders. This was an essential mission given the importance of the B&O to the Union war effort. It was a vital artery for carrying men and materiel between the east coast and the … Continue reading Raiders, Railroads, and Captain Petrie’s “Land Monitors”

“Owing to the very bitter feeling…between the officers and men”

Today we'll return to Cumberland to take a quick look at an incident involving the 2nd PHB Infantry early in 1863. During this time the entire 8th Army Corps - the Middle Department that defended Maryland and parts of West Virginia - was undergoing a reorganization. The defenses along the Upper Potomac were under the command of … Continue reading “Owing to the very bitter feeling…between the officers and men”