Cold Harbor

The Battle of Cold Harbor was the most lop-sided defeat suffered by the Army of the Potomac. Decades later, Gen. U. S. Grant still regretted ordering the assault.

The Art of the Mule Shoe

The desperate fighting at Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864 inspired several artists to record their impressions of that bloody day on canvas. (Look for next installment January 8, 2016.)

 

A Season in the Wilderness

Beyond the struggle for survival in battle, the Wilderness forced Michael Palmer, the protagonist in my novel, An Eye for Glory, to face the dark reality of how the war was changing him.

The Fickle Father of Waters

The changing course of the Mississippi River radically altered the geography of two historic Civil War locations shortly after the war.

Digging Vicksburg

The soft soil around Vicksburg made digging of the city’s extensive network of fortifications easier, but it also facilitated Union troops in building their own siege line and in undermining the Confederate works.

A Trailer’s Tale

Book trailers are a popular marketing tool for promoting a new book. Here’s an inside look at the trailer for my novel An Eye for Glory.

The Tragic End of Stonewall Jackson

The death of Stonewall Jackson was caused by men under his own command and need not have happened. It was a loss the Confederacy never recovered from.