Monthly Archives: May 2012

On this date in Civil War History: May 31-June 1, 1862 – The Battle of Fair Oaks/Seven Pines

Easy AdSense by Unreal In the aftermath of Confederate general Joseph E. Johnston’s evacuation of Yorktown and his army’s retirement up the Virginia peninsula toward Richmond, the Army of the Potomac under George B. McClellan began a slow but steady … Continue reading

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The bridge that saved an Army: The ‘Grapevine Bridge’ and the Battle of Fair Oaks

By Jeffrey S. Williams Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Following the Siege of Yorktown, Battles of Williamsburg and West Point, along with the Union Navy’s failed assault against Drewry’s Bluff, the Federal forces of Major General George B. McClellan … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – May 28- June 3, 1862

Information Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the week Wednesday May 28, 1862 Skirmishing occurred near Corinth, Mississippi and Charles Town, Virginia. Confederate supplies at Ashland, Virginia were destroyed, along with a bridge on … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – May 21-27, 1862

Information Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the week Wednesday May 21, 1862      Confederate Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s forces were on the march in Virginia’s Luray Valley heading towards Front … Continue reading

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Civil War soldier’s memorabilia finds a family

West End pawn broker to give items to relative Read the original story here. By Chad Smith Pocono Record Writer May 23, 2012 The story’s got a happy ending. About three weeks ago, the Pocono Record wrote about Paul Mastronardi, a … Continue reading

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The First Minnesota and the Siege of Yorktown – May 5, 1862

By Darryl Sannes Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force On May 5, 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac entered the abandoned Confederate entrenchments at Yorktown, Virginia. The first major confrontation in this campaign had been a success for the … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – May 14-20, 1862

Major Highlights for the Week Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Wednesday May 14, 1862 Skirmishing continued near Corinth, Miss., on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, as well as the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Federal Major General … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – May 7-13, 1862

Major Highlights for the week Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Wednesday May 7, 1862 On the Pamunkey River, near the mouth of the York River on the Virginia Peninsula, William B. Franklin’s Federal division attacked Confederates … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – April 30 – May 6, 1862

Major Highlights for the week Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Wednesday April 30, 1862 As the most active month in the war to date ended, Confederate Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson left Elk Run near … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – April 23-29, 1862

Major Highlights for the week Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Wednesday April 23, 1862 In addition to the skirmish that occurred at Bridgeport, Alabama, the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal in North Carolina was successfully blocked, shutting … Continue reading

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