Sarah, Lizzie, and Lida

Last week I was working an educational program and I had the opportunity to tell one of my favorite local stories from the Civil War - the story of the Waterford News. Little did I know that it would lead me down another research rabbit hole. I've mentioned the paper before, but for those unfamiliar … Continue reading Sarah, Lizzie, and Lida

“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”

“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