“The moral effect of result upon troops must never be overlooked.” Major General J.M. Schofield (1831 to 1906), from the Inaugural Address to the Journal of the Military Service Institute of the United States, 11 January 1879 Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield was an US Army officer who held multiple major commands during the course… Read More
Introduction The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm and New Market Heights, also known as Laurel Hill and combats at Forts Harrison, Johnson, and Gilmer, was fought in Virginia on 29 to 30 September 1864, as part of the Siege of Petersburg in the American Civil War. Background From the very beginning of the war, Confederate engineers… Read More
“General Ewell was so impressed by the conspicuous gallantry of a certain Federal cavalry officer in rallying his troops on the field of battle that he ordered his soldiers not to shoot at the man. [General ‘Stonewall’] Jackson later reprimanded Ewell for this quixotic action, remarking shrewdly, ‘Shoot the brave officers and the cowards will… Read More
“A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.” Admiral David Porter (1813 to 1891) David Dixon Porter was an officer of the United States Navy who served in the Mexican War (1846-48) and held important Union commands in the American Civil War (1861-65).
“Honor to the soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause, Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, ashe best can, the same cause – honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storm of heaven and the… Read More
“The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.” Stonewall Jackson (1824 to 1863) Stonewall Jackson, byname of Thomas Jonathan Jackson, was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, one of its most skillful tacticians, who gained his sobriquet “Stonewall” by his stand at the First Battle… Read More
“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him hard as you can, and keep moving.” Ulysses S. Grant (1822 to 1885) Original name Hiram Ulysses Grant, he was a US Army general, commander of the Union armies during the late… Read More