President Lincoln Delivers His Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863 (Thursday) The President’s few appropriate remarks were not yet finished. He had worked upon them two days prior, and then once more, the night previous, when he arrived at Gettysburg. After a short breakfast in the house of David Wills, he withdrew again to work. But he had only an hour. WhateverRead More

‘You Have Seen Less Than You Expected To See’ – Lincoln Travels to Pennsylvania

November 18, 1863 (Wednesday) President Lincoln had been asked to give “a few appropriate remarks” at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery being constructed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Lincoln was late in giving his word that he would attend. Even by the 14th, he had not officially agreed. Even if he accepted, he had noRead More

I Felt Our Country Could Not Bear to Lose You – Lee’s Resignation is Denied

August 11, 1863 (Tuesday) When Jefferson Davis received General Lee’s letter of resignation, he was, of course, in no way entertaining the idea of allowing Lee to leave. Through the summer, Davis had made strange decisions to favor generals he liked (Bragg) over generals who had proven themselves (Johnston). For Davis, Lee was both. DavisRead More

Take Measures to Supply My Place – General Lee Offers His Resignation

August 8, 1863 (Saturday) General Lee wasn’t a beaten man, any more than his Army of Northern Virginia was a beaten Army. They were, however, both suffering. Lee had been ill since the spring, suffering a possible heart attack or two along the way. The defeat at Gettysburg greatly depressed him, and sent the typicalRead More

And Sabers Were Used with Success – Meade Controls the Rappahannock

This day marks the 1000th post for the Civil War Daily Gazette. Only 600 (or so) to go! August 1, 1863 (Saturday) Just like the previous day, Federal Cavalry General, John Buford, attempted to ford the Rappahannock, but found the river “swimming” and could not cross. He had sent a brigade to Beverly Ford, aRead More

Swimming Deep and Dangerous – Federals Cross the Rappahannock

July 31, 1863 (Friday) Since it seemed that his army wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon, General George Meade decided to take up defensive positions along the northern banks of the Rappahannock River. As he had informed Washington, Meade was none too impressed with the ground he had to work with. He position he held didRead More

Meade: I am in Hopes to Commence the Movement Tomorrow

July 28, 1863 (Tuesday) “I am making every effort to prepare this army for an advance,” wrote Union General George Meade. The day previous, General-in-Cheif Henry Halleck had told him in no uncertain terms: “Lee’s army is the objective point.” Meade had spent the weeks since the victory at Gettysburg following General Lee’s army. AtRead More

We Resisted Them to the Utmost of Human Capacity – How Lee Slipped Away from Meade

July 23, 1863 (Thursday) By the gray light of dawn, it was clear to General Meade that the Confederate Army had given him the slip. His day of rest on the 21st had allowed General Lee to move James Longstreet’s Corps south in the Shenandoah Valley from Winchester to Front Royal and hold Chester Gap,Read More

The Rebel Army is Still Passing on this Road – Longstreet’s Escape

July 22, 1863 (Wednesday) At last convinced that General Lee’s Confederate Army was moving south on the other side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Meade set his own army in motion. He figured that the Rebels were making for the Rappahannock River and, ultimately, Culpeper Court House. His only objective was to stop thatRead More

Enough to Hold My Brigade in Check – The Rebels Arrive First at the Gap

July 21, 1863 (Tuesday) Not wanting to get too far ahead of General Lee’s Confederates, George Meade decided to rest his army. The day previous, he succeeded in capturing several passes across the Blue Ridge Mountains, denying James Longstreet’s Corps a decided advantage. Meade was cautious, worried that if he pushed too far ahead ofRead More