The Battle of Ball's Bluff (October, 1861)
A Ball's Bluff Letter
A day after the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Captain Caspar Crowinshield of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry wrote a lengthy letter to his mother detailing his involvement in the lopsided engagement.
Battle of Ball's Bluff Facts and Summary
Concise look at the Battle of Ball's Bluff. Also includes links to related resources such as maps, military bios, videos, and pictures.
Disaster at Ball's Bluff
In-depth look at the events leading up to the Battle of Ball's Bluff, the actions taken by both sides, and the fall out from the battle.
Battle of Glorieta Pass (March, 1862)
Battle of Glorieta Pass Facts and Summary
Snapshot of the Battle of Glorieta Pass. Also includes links to related resources such as maps, military bios, videos, and pictures.
Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass ‘Pointless'
Matthew Barbour, a state archaeologist, says the remains of Confederate soldiers discovered by a property owner in 1987 in a mass grave site in Glorieta speaks to the violence, loss and futility of war.
Dead Men Speak
The more than 30 Texans who died at the Battle of Glorieta Pass were hastily interred together on the battlefield by comrades during a truce. The location of the burial site was eventually lost to time, and not re-discovered until 1987, when a farmer digging a foundation for a house uncovered a human jawbone.
Winning the “War of Western Possession”: The Battle of Glorieta Pass
In-depth look at the events leading up to the Battle of Glorieta Pass, what transpired, and the after-effects of the battle.
The Peninsular Campaign (March - July, 1862)
Balloon Operations in the Peninsula Campaign
Interesting look at the role that hot-air balloons played during the Peninsula Campaign, including background information on how balloons became a viable military tool.
Nice overview of the Peninsular Campaign. Includes background information, the campaign, a time line, and more.
The Peninsular Campaign
By early April 1862, the Army of the Potomac — over 120,000 strong — had been transported to the tip of the Virginia peninsula between the York and James Rivers and was in position to move on the Confederate capital of Richmond. The training was over; this would prove the ultimate test.
Battle of Bull Run, Second Manassas (August, 1862)
'Stand To It, Boys'
A Buckeye Brigade's bravado on Chinn Ridge saves the Union Army from annihilation at Second Bull Run.
Battle of Bull Run, Second Manassas Facts and Summary
Great overview of the Battle of Bull Run, Second Manassas. Also includes links to related resources such as maps, military bios, videos, and pictures.
The Battle of Second Manassas
Links to loads of primary sources related to the Battle of Bull Run, Second Manassas. Includes official reports from both the Union and Confederate armies.
Stonewall's silent ally
Unfinished railroads figured in at least four major eastern Civil War battles: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Second Manassas. Only at Second Manassas, however, did an uncompleted railroad bed actually define the battlefield--in the sense that a battle was fought there largely because of the abandoned railroad grade.
A cartographic reexamination of the Second Battle of Bull Run exonerated a general wrongly blamed for the Union defeat
Battle of Stones River (December, 1862 - January, 1863)
Battle of Chickamauga (September, 1863)
Battle of Chickamauga Facts and Summary
Informative overview of the Battle of Chickamauga. Also includes links to related resources such as maps, military bios, videos, and pictures.
On They Came Like an Angry Flood: The Battle of Chickamauga
James Longstreet’s bloody assault at the Battle of Chickamauga broke the Union’s string of victories, but failed to make gains for the Confederates.
The Chickamauga Campaign
Great resource that provides access to many primary sources related to the Battle of Chickamauga including official reports, reminiscences, and more.
Pure Chaos: Braxton Bragg's Subordinates Sabotaged Victory at Chickamauga
Confederate General Braxton Bragg was arguably the Civil War's most hated commander. President Jefferson Davis, who gave him command of the principal field army in the war's Western Theater, didn't much like the general and, in the wake of the Confederates' hard-won tactical victory at the Battle of Chickamauga, Bragg's major subordinates petitioned Davis to relieve their despised leader of his command.