I've spent so much time and energy building the last few sections of my website history the past two years, I feel like I haven't the energy to promote it.
Last month I posted the latest page, "A Hard March North." This page covers a period of two weeks in June, 1863, when the Army of the Potomac made a series of difficult marches to counter the movements of General Lee's Confederate army.
Page Two explores in some detail the cavalry battles at Aldie, Middleburg and
Upperville, June 17 - 21, 1863. These engagements have
nothing to do with the '13th Mass.' except that my own ancestor, William Henry Forbush,
former member of Company K was there, with the 3rd U.S. Artillery,
Battery C, Captain William D. Fuller, commanding.
broadly summarizes each battle with an emphasis on
the role of Fuller's battery. Highlights include memoirs of Henry C.
Meyer, 2nd NY Cavalry, on the staff of General David M. Gregg,
and a letter of Daniel Townsend, 1st U.S. Artillery,
Randol's Battery, and, the memoirs of
Heros Von Borcke, (with which I have much fun) who was on the staff of
Confederate General J.E.B.
Stuart. There are many excerpts from my Great Great
Grandfather's 1863 diary.
Page 3 of the new section resumes the narrative of the '13th Mass' as they
march north into Maryland. During this period, General Hooker
resigns from command of the Army of the Potomac, and General George Gordon
Meade replaces him. Highlights of this page include
Colonel Leonard's short statement regarding the change of commanders,
Private Charles Leland's last letters home, (he was killed at Gettysburg) Charles Davis, Jr.'s humorous
article "You Have Insulted Ze Gener-al,"
Comrade David Sloss' recollections of nicknames the soldiers
each other, Historian John A. Miller's article "Emmitsburg
Battle of Gettysburg," and a character sketch of
beloved flag-bearer Roland Morris, cut down at Gettysburg. A
transcript of Morris' court-martial just prior to the battle is
included on the page, culled from Colonel Leonard's personal papers at the
Gilder-Lehrman Institute of New York.
ends on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg. I
hope you enjoy this new section.
A HARD MARCH NORTH
As usual, comments are tolerated. But don't insult ze Gener- al !
Look for more stories soon as I finish typing them.
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