Rebels Withdraw, Union Advances Around Washington

Saturday, October 19, 1861 General George McClellan had spent most of his time in Washington preparing his Army of the Potomac to defend the capital against a Confederate attack. After Bull Run, the Confederates had inched closer and closer, but over the past few days, it seemed as if they were withdrawing towards Fairfax andRead More

The Battle of Greenbrier River: “Go Back and Shoot Your Damn Guns!”

Thursday, October 3, 1861 Just as the first slivers of dawn lit the eastern face of Greenbrier Mountain, Rebel pickets near Travellers Repose in Western Virginia heard the rolling rumble of what could only be a battery of Union artillery. Through the morning mist, across an open field on the west side of the WestRead More

Searching for Secessionists in Missouri

Wednesday, October 2, 1861 General Jeff Thompson of the pro-secessionist Missouri State Guards had been ordered to threaten St. Louis now that Union General Fremont’s Army of the West was concentrating in western Missouri. He immediately broke camp at Belmont and moved to New Madrid, on his way to Farmington and the Ironton Railroad. ThompsonRead More

The Wet Stare-Down in Western Virginia; Arkansas Has a Point

Monday, September 30, 1861 The armies in Western Virginia had sat upon opposing spurs of Big Sewell Mountain for nearly a week. General Robert E. Lee’s Army of the Kanawha occupied an incredibly strong defensive position and hoped that General Rosecrans’ 8,500 Union troops would attack. Rosecrans, whose entrenchments were nearly as strong as Lee’s,Read More

Lee Advances to Big Sewell in Western Virginia

Tuesday, September 24, 1861 General Lee was up by 4am, worried that Wise’s Legion, twelve miles in front of him, would be overrun, or have its flank turned. If that happened, the divided Confederate Army of the Kanawha would be whipped in detail, destroyed before it could make a united stand. Due to some misunderstanding,Read More

Skirmishing in the Hills Around Washington

Monday, September 23, 1861 It had been over two months since the Union defeat at Bull Run. Since then, General George B. McClellan had taken command of the Army of the Potomac and defenses of Washington. As he built his Army, filtering new regiments into the fold, he constructed a ring of fortifications around Washington.Read More

The CSA Calls Upon Tennessee for Troops

Saturday, September 21, 1861 Since taking command of all Confederate troops in the Trans-Mississippi, General Albert Sidney Johnston had decided upon making a full scale invasion of Kentucky. Thus far, three small armies held three strategic positions in the state, creating a thinly stretched line from Cumberland Gap in the east to the Mississippi RiverRead More