“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

Falling back into the Maryland Campaign

It's that time of year. The weather (at least around here) is getting cooler. Oktoberfest beers are hitting the shelves. I just had my first apple cider donuts of the season. The Great Frederick Fair is just around the corner. Fall is my favorite time of year for all of these reasons and more. It's … Continue reading Falling back into the Maryland Campaign

“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

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)

Getting to know an officer: Lt. Col. Charles E. Trail

Unlike Colonel Maulsby, Lt. Colonel Charles Trail's association with the Potomac Home Brigade was relatively short lived. He was, however, to play an instrumental role in the unionist politics of Frederick County during the Civil War, so we'll spend some time looking at his life and career. Charles Edward Trail was born in Frederick on … Continue reading Getting to know an officer: Lt. Col. Charles E. Trail