Dispatch from the Field: Heaton’s Crossroads and Cool Spring Battlefield

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday! As we move closer to Christmas and New Year's I may be taking a little longer to get posts up. This time of year it's nice to step back from the Civil War - as much as I love writing about it - and spend more time … Continue reading Dispatch from the Field: Heaton’s Crossroads and Cool Spring Battlefield

Spending Time at “Camp Frederick”

As new recruits poured into Frederick in the late summer and fall of 1861 Camp Frederick would became home to the 1st PHB Infantry and much of the Home Brigade cavalry. Located on the high ground to the south of Frederick, the site had a long history that predated the Civil War by nearly a century. Two … Continue reading Spending Time at “Camp Frederick”

The 1st Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry AKA Cole’s Maryland Cavalry

We're going to return from last weekend's field trip to introduce the fourth and final component of the Potomac Home Brigade - the 1st PHB Cavalry, more commonly referred to as Cole's Maryland Cavalry. When the call went out to form the Potomac Home Brigade in the spring of 1861 there was no mention of … Continue reading The 1st Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry AKA Cole’s Maryland Cavalry