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Favorite battle

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by P.B. Speegle, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. P.B. Speegle

    P.B. Speegle Private

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    I’m curious to hear what your favorite battles to study are? I’d have to say the two I’m most interested in are Gettyburg and Antietam.
     
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  3. TomV71

    TomV71 Private Silver Patron

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    Antietam and Chancellorsville in the East.
    Shiloh in the west.
     
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  4. AUG

    AUG Captain Forum Host

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    For the Eastern Theater probably Antietam or the Wilderness & Spotsylvania.

    In the Western Theater, if I had to choose one it would definitely be Franklin. There's something about the battle that makes it unique.... the tragedy of the whole affair and the ferocity of the battle.... kind of the symbolic death of the Army of Tennessee and the Confederacy.
     
  5. Eleanor Rose

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    Interesting question @P.B. Speegle! I hope a lot of members will respond. I continue to enjoy learning about Gettysburg, but I am fascinated by the Battle of the Wilderness. It was the first in Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign, the terrain was a thick area of brush and my favorite Civil War general, Lieutenant General James Longstreet was severely wounded there by friendly fire.
     
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  6. Tin cup

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    Battle of Champion Hill!

    Kevin Dally
     
  7. bankerpapaw

    bankerpapaw 2nd Lieutenant

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    Shiloh and Gettysburg
     
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    dlofting First Sergeant

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    Patrick H Major

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    I imagine most here will neither understand nor favor my favorite battle. This is partly because it is waaaay west of most of the big, pitched battles of the Eastern war. In addition, it is just purely difficult to understand. With that in mind, my favorite battle is the one waged in my home state of Missouri with home boys (plenty of them pretty rough and brutal) against the Kansas Jayhawker home boys (who were plenty rough and brutal in their own right.)

    It is so complicated to figure out the war out here. Our ancestors were so busy just trying to survive. This overall theater of war (guerrilla versus jayhawker) is my favorite theater to study and discuss. I know I will have few followers in this matter.
     
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    Shiloh
    Regards
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    Brice's Crossroads
     
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    Most favored, equally, Battles of:
    Prairie Grove
    Honey Springs
    Fort DeRussey
    Palmitto Ranch
    Sabine Pass
    Dove Creek
    Mansfield
    Pleasant Hill

    Other battles that intrigue me, but can't be called a favored area of study, perhaps secondary favored battles
    Nashville
    Fort McAllister
    Valverde
    Kennesaw Mountain
    Plymouth
    Cherbourg
    Siege of Petersburg
    Mobile Bay

    And here's two I like to study, whenever I can find information on them, and is extremely hard to find, as a test for the knowledge of everyone who'll bite. One should be easy for many, the other not so much, but the first is a hint to the second.
    1. The Great Raid on Austin
    2. the "Siege" of Matehuala
    I just gotta throw those two out for fun to see what happens, I can't help myself.
     
  13. ucvrelics.com

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    The other burg Vicksburg:D
     
  14. gary

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    More campaign than battles.

    Siege of Morris Island. Still trying to find more information on it. I may write a short book on it.

    I suppose if it was one battle alone, it would be Fredericksburg. That should never have been fought.

    Agree. The best book I've ever read on the Siege of Vicksburg is Ed Bearss' The Vicksburg Campaign, Vol. III.
     
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    The Fall of New Orleans. On the water and on land.
     
  16. BlueandGrayl

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    Antietam. Think of all the previous events that were going well for the Confederacy like counter offensives in the East and West (Maryland and Kentucky) and the planned British/Anglo-French meditation recognition-meditation it's what makes it a significant battle.
     
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    Somehow, the great battles always seem to draw my attention because of their important impact on the war and the amount of intensive studies they have received. So I am talking about Shiloh, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga in particular and the great Overland battles including Wilderness and Spotsylvania.
     
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    Battle of Black Jack, Kansas
     
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    Battle of Aiken; last confederate victory. I lived there.
     
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    For me it would be Gettysburg and Antietam because I live close enough to have visited them multiple times.
     
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    Based on my amount of reading and number of days in the field,it would be Port Hudson,Chickamauga and Franklin in that order. I really have not read or toured much in the Eastern Theater.
     

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