Save for the Union’s aborted “Mud March,” the winter of 1863 saw Confederate and federal forces idle in their camps until roads became passable and the frigid weather abated. But fighting at the battle of Kelly’s Ford in Virginia broke out on March 17, 1863, ending the monotony of winter camp for the two sides. For the first time, Union forces were able to mass a formidable cavalry force for an attack. All told, some 2,100 troopers in the Union cavalry division moved on Confederate positions, aiming to do battle near Culpeper, not far from the ford. But when Confederates detected Union movements, fighting erupted instead near the ford where the Southerners had taken up positions behind felled trees and other obstacles. The bitter combat raged until Confederate cavalry troops successfully counterattacked, prompting Union forces to withdraw by mid-afternoon of that March 17th. The outcome appeared inconclusive. Nonetheless, the Union’s cavalry — which had only recently been united from far-flung units by the U.S. War Department — proved itself to be a formidable fighting force that would be used to greater effect later in the war, including an appearance at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Fighting in Virginia as winter nears end
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Dec. 8
The Associated Press reported 150 years ago this week in the Civil War that Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet was in retreat after abandoning his siege of Knoxville, Tenn.
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Dec. 1
Confederate James Longstreet abandoned his attempted siege of Knoxville, Tenn., on Dec. 4, 1863, withdrawing from the area after his failed bid to weaken the Union’s growing grip on the state.
Apple pie has no place at Thanksgiving
It's practically a law that in late November, every publication must offer a Thanksgiving guide. This year, I would like to draw your attention to two exceptional ones.
'Nutcracker 2013' to hit the stage
For more than 20 years the “Nutcracker” ballet has been a tradition during the holiday season for the Northwest Georgia region.
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Nov. 24
This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, Union troops scaled Lookout Mountain southwest of federally held Chattanooga, Tenn., and ousted Confederates dug in with artillery on the heights.
Much to enjoy in VW's CC luxury sedan
The 2013 VW CC is not for everyone. The entry-level luxury sedan is perhaps too refined to fall into the Volkswagen stable. It might be more at home in an autobahn environment with flashing LED lights in the passing lane.
Chevrolet Traverse crossover has substantial feel, new equipment
If I'm buying a crossover vehicle with three rows of seats, there's one question at the top of my mind: Will I feel safe putting my family in this car?
This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Nov. 17
President Abraham Lincoln delivered the “Gettysburg Address” on Nov. 19, 1863, at the Gettysburg battlefield, one of the most famous addresses by a politician in American history.
Chester V. Clark III: Practicing Thanksgiving
This is a favorite time of year for me. With the crisp air of fall around, the crunch of colorful leaves beneath and the smell of fresh picked apples from the north Georgia mountains in my home, it’s hard to not be thankful for God’s many blessings.
Cast of ‘Overdue’ features Dalton State students and faculty
Overdue,” a student-penned comedy, will make its world debut today in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State College.
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