“I have scouted all around since, and have done some good work” Cole’s Cavalry from June 15th – July 1st 1863

Following the debacle at Winchester Cole's Cavalry would be among the last Union troops back across the Potomac River. Within days they would become among the first to meet their enemy on their native soil. The action would begin far to the west near Williamsport. The weary men of Captain Firey's Company B had ridden … Continue reading “I have scouted all around since, and have done some good work” Cole’s Cavalry from June 15th – July 1st 1863

“The Hero of Highland”

It's been a while since I've updated, but rest assured I've been busy! Between researching my "new" project and continuing Potomac Home Brigade research I've had plenty on my plate. I am also preparing for a number of public talks this year, so if you're interested in the Home Brigade or the Upper Potomac during … Continue reading “The Hero of Highland”

“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

“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

“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

Dispatch from the Field: St. John’s Cemetery, Frederick, MD (Part 1)

In continuing to go through 2016's backlog of photos we'll take a look back at one of my favorite spots (and a much warmer time). Frederick is a must see for anyone interested in the Civil War's eastern theater. The city is home to Monocacy National Battlefield and the Museum of Civil War Medicine. The … Continue reading Dispatch from the Field: St. John’s Cemetery, Frederick, MD (Part 1)