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    Today in the American Civil War

    Rather than psoting a bunch of separate threads I figured I would just use this as a catch all.

    Today 16 May 1863 was the Battle of Campion's Hill, the largest and bloodiest of the battles of the Vicksburg Campaign.

    Battle of Champion Hill - Northern Portion
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    Suggestion: Start a "This day in history" thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Suggestion: Start a "This day in history" thread.
    I'm not that ambitious!!!

    Feel free, though!
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    17 May

    1863 Battle of Bug Black River part of the Vicksburg Campaign. Last battle prior to Confederates pulling back into their defenses.

    Battle of Big Black River Bridge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    1864 Battle of Adairsville part of the Atlanta Campaign

    Battle of Adairsville - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Shek's Facebook post reminded me to post these amazing photos.

    At Massaponax Church in Spotsylvania County Sam Grant has a meeting with his senior officers.

    I love the relaxed atmotsphere, and the casual way Grant leans over Meade's back in the second photo to discuss the plan. Also in the first photo Grant is sitting right under the tree between Charles Dana and John Rawlins.

    An amazing scene.

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    Commander's call has come a loooong way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
    "now, lt col custer will give a briefing on motorcycle safety, followed by a reminder by our first shirt on sexual assault prevention..."
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    I blame Powerpoint.

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    Do you think they are addressing drownproofing as they approach the North Anna, Pamunkey, Tottopottamy and the James?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Do you think they are addressing drownproofing as they approach the North Anna, Pamunkey, Tottopottamy and the James?
    No, they're trying to figure out the nearest computer lab so they can complete their online training before the HHC 1SG pulls their pass.
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    Do you think they are addressing drownproofing as they approach the North Anna, Pamunkey, Tottopottamy and the James?"

    Hope they've got it down by that point. OTOH, I'd like to know why the sergeant major or topkick isn't raising hell about officers pulling their heads out of their azzes and dispersing those damned horses? And whose idea was it to hold a staff briefing right next to the trains? And tell that fcukin' mess sergeant to get coffee up here pronto.

    That's one slack-azzed bunch of yellow-bellied yanks...
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    That's one slack-azzed bunch of yellow-bellied yanks...

    Who kicked ass as the year ahead would show.
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    I'm certain you'd not find a greater collection of seasoned, cold-calculating, hard eyed senior officers (and TROOPS) anywhere in the world at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S2 View Post
    I'm certain you'd not find a greater collection of seasoned, cold-calculating, hard eyed senior officers (and TROOPS) anywhere in the world at that time.
    Except perhaps for a group bearing down on Atlanta at the same time.
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