8.25.17 Longstreet

OK, attention all you polo-wearing skinheads out there who say that defending statues of Confederate generals isn’t hatred, it’s just an effort to “preserve your heritage.” Well I’ve got two words for you: James Longstreet. C’mon, really, even if you haven’t picked up a history book in your life, you’ve heard of this guy. Born […]

7.4.13 Hancock the Superb

4th of July, 1863.  In the aftermath of Gettysburg came the miraculous news that a second victory of equal importance had been won.  On July 4, Ulysses S. Grant captured Vicksburg after a long siege, removing the last confederate stronghold on the Mississippi and giving the Union complete control of the river.  It was the […]

7.2.13 Day 2

On Day 2 at Gettysburg, the great battle between north and south was brutally contested at the south and at the north. To call Cemetery Ridge a ridge is fairly generous. It’s a mild undulation in the Pennsylvania farmland, maybe two miles long, looking west over open fields down to a line of woods about […]

6.28.13 Hancock

This is how one man became Superb. Winfield Scott Hancock was born in Montgomery Township, PA, just northwest of Philadelphia, in 1824. His parents came from respectable stock that went back several generations. His father was a schoolteacher and later a lawyer. Hancock was educated at the Norristown Academy, was nominated by his local congressman […]

5.3.13 Stonewall by Moonlight

150 years ago this week, the hopes of the Confederacy died beneath the light of the moon. And just when things seemed brightest.  At the Battle of Chancellorsville in northern VA, Robert E. Lee achieved one of the most noteworthy victories in American military history.  He had been outmaneuvered by the northern army led by […]