Over at Spotsylvania Civil War, our friend and fellow blogger, John F. Cummings III, steps into neighboring Stafford County for some impressive detective work on President Abraham Lincoln’s April 8 review.
John’s post concludes a four-part series by several authors:
-introduction to the review, keyed to the modern streetscape
-introduction to the 1863 map and sketch of the review
-evaluation of the map specifically
-evaluation of the sketch specifically, keyed to the modern streetscape
Check ‘em out. In the process of bringing the pagentry of April 8, 1863 into focus, this collaborative resarch effort shows it to be both more complex than previously understood—the President reviewing each of the component units of four army corps twice in the same day—and more geographically expansive as well—covering a vast wedge of ground extending from the Phillips House property on the southwest to the Boscobel estate on the northeast.
Whew. That’s a lot of reviewing.
Noel G. Harrison