Tag Archives: Cross Keys

“Seldom is a wheat field as terribly sown.”

In an earlier post I briefly pondered the question of whether Cross Keys should be labeled an engagement, a battle or some other designation.  In today’s post I ask whether Cross Keys was a victory, and if so, for whom?  This … Continue reading

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Cross Keys, Part I

The battle of Cross Keys was fought on June 8, 1862. Today’s post will be a combination of fact and interpretation. I think Cross Keys is a good topic to look at in both ways. After all, even the National … Continue reading

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Julius Stahel, the Mysterious General

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Perhaps not so surprisingly, my post this week (and first new substantive post in awhile) is not on one of the topics I mentioned last week.  Not directly anyway.  Going back into “research mode” I’ve found some interesting letters online, … Continue reading

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“The first news is the best and most read.”

This will be my last post on Colonel Kozlay and the 54th New York for a while. I promised in my previous post that we would look at how Kozlay recalled the battle of Cross Keys in his regimental journal. … Continue reading

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Colonel Kozlay’s Journal – Part 2

In this post, we’ll continue to look at Colonel Kozlay’s journal through the 1862 Valley Campaign. The quality of leadership is referenced in Kozlay’s journal again and again, and the 1862 Valley Campaign is no exception.  On April 15, 1862, … Continue reading

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The 54th New York Infantry, the “Hiram Barney Rifles”, the “Schwarze Yaeger”

With the new school year starting, I’ll be switching over to semi-monthly postings.  My next series of posts will deal with the 54th New York Infantry, another of von Gilsa’s units present at Blocher’s Knoll and East Cemetery Hill during … Continue reading

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Leopold von Gilsa

Continuing on the theme of the 41st New York Infantry, I have some information (and, as usual, questions) about its commander, Leopold von Gilsa. Leopold von Gilsa, after approximately 150 years, comes across as a mysterious figure.  Do not infer … Continue reading

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