The Battle of Chancellorsville was the high point of the war for the Confederacy and perhaps the low point for the Union. Defeat caused leadership changes in the Army of the Potomac, and growing frustration and even anger within the ranks.
Stones River was a pivotal battle less than three weeks after the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg and only a few days after Sherman’s failure at Chickasaw Bayou. A third defeat would be catastrophic to the Union cause.
Arguably the lowest point for the Army of the Potomac, the Battle of Fredericksburg was lost before it began, due to poor decisions made by the top brass.
Ever been to a Civil War reenactment? Here’s a short video full of the sights and sounds of a small reenactment in Woodbury, CT. As you can see, I was able to get pretty close to the action.
Here’s one of those great websites everyone interested in the Civil War should bookmark.
Why was Harper’s Ferry, WV so important to both sides in the Civil War? The 14th Connecticut spent six hard weeks there after Antietam.
For your July 4th, here’s a slow, quiet stroll through Antietam National Cemetery in honor of Independence Day and the many thousands who gave all for the freedom of others.
The 14th Connecticut is pressed into further duty and witnesses the mortal wounding of a great general.
The first combat experience of the 14th Connecticut was at Bloody Lane, one of the bloodiest fights of the entire war.
The new recruits of the Fourteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry marched into history on America’s bloodiest day.