“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”

“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

“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: Cemetery Visits in Northern Frederick County (Pt. 1)

Another beautiful fall weekend means another field trip. Sunday morning the wife and I packed up and took off towards the northern part of Fredrick County. We didn't have any sites in particular that I needed to visit, so we just took our time meandering the back roads and stopping when we saw something interesting. … Continue reading Dispatch from the Field: Cemetery Visits in Northern Frederick County (Pt. 1)

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